QUAL­ITY OF LIGHT

Light and per­spec­tive are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked – here’s why

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

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SHAD­OWS CRE­ATE DEPTH The strength and in­ten­sity of the light helps to em­pha­sise depth in a pho­to­graph. On a dull, grey day the light is soft and scenes tend to look flat be­cause con­trast is low, and the shad­ows that nor­mally add def­i­ni­tion are miss­ing. When the sun comes out, shad­ows are strong and they help to give your im­ages a three-di­men­sional look.

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LIGHT DI­REC­TION scenes that are frontally lit tend to lack depth be­cause shad­ows fall away from the cam­era and out of view. Light the same scene from the side, how­ever, and shad­ows be­come much more prom­i­nent, em­pha­sis­ing depth. Or shoot into the light with a wide-an­gle lens so that shad­ows form con­verg­ing lines that rush away into the dis­tance and lead the eye.

AboveSUN, SAND AND SEA THESE RIP­PLES ON A SANDY BEACH HAVE BEEN EN­HANCED BY STRONG SUN­LIGHT, WHICH DE­FINES THEIR SHAPE AND MAKES THE COLOURS MORE SAT­U­RATED. A PO­LARISER HELPED TOO

AboveIN THE DIS­TANCE THE STRONG SHAD­OWS IN THIS WIN­TER SCENE CRE­ATE LIN­EAR PER­SPEC­TIVE AS THEY CON­VERGE INTO THE DIS­TANCE, WHILE THE TREES IL­LUS­TRATE DI­MIN­ISH­ING SCALE

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