Photographic Lighting Techniques. Unit Objectives Understand how light affects a subject within a photograph Identify and describe different forms of light and how they can be used within a photograph. The direction (position) of light.
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Front lighting illuminates the portion of the subject facing the photographer. Your camera's flash is the most common type of front lighting.
Side lighting is perfect when you want to emphasize texture, dimension, shapes, or patterns. Side lighting sculpts a subject, revealing contours and textures. Use side lighting to exaggerate dimension and depth. At a 45-degree angle to the side, it's one of the most flattering types of portrait lighting.
Light that comes from behind your subject is by far the trickiest to use, but the dramatic results may be worth the effort.
The quality of light affects the mood of the picture.