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How to create form with light

Posted by Greg Blue on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

At the very core of lighting theory are the three lighting tones that help us create the illusion of 3 dimensions on a 2-dimensional medium: the Diffused Highlight, the Specular Highlight and the Shadow.

There are a number of ways to show the illusion of depth in an image, such as perspective. Converging lines are powerful tools for artists to use, but what happens when you are shooting an organic subject such as a person. Perspective does play a role in a portrait – a person’s ears will appear smaller in relation to their nose, because they are further away. But we are so attuned to that relationship that it’s pretty much invisible to us. (more…)


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It is easier to add light than to take light away

Posted by Greg Blue on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Here’s a little tidbit (but an important one) in lighting. It is usually far easier to add light in an area of an image that needs light, than it is to take light away from an image area that has too much of it. You might be asking – “Why would you even give any thought to this?” Because keeping this tidbit in mind will make your life easier as you set up your lighting, or choose the location that you shoot in. Below are some examples:

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