The Art of Photography:Mike Mudd's Learning Log

The Art of Photography:Mike Mudd's Learning Log

Light: Softening the light

Module ExercisesPosted by Mike Sun, February 24, 2013 18:43:58
An exercise to qualify the effect of diffuse lighting (i.e. lighting with a diffused origin) versus lighting the same subject with a naked lamp.

In both examples the version with the diffused material between the bulb and the subject offers a subjectively better image, the tonal range between specular highlight and dark areas is greater, offering greater detail and dimension to the subject. The undiffused light source versions both suggest a hardness and high contrast which does not sculpt the subject well.

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