Hey, I'm the first to admit a mistake, and the first to give credit where credit is due.
Frode Orvedal-Kiil (gotta be a real name 'cause you can't make up a name like that), wrote and kindly said that I misspoke when I said, "For a softer light, move the light back."
Well, it must of been the pressure of being on camera (hee hee), because one of the very first things I learned about lighting (in 1978 no less) is that you move the light closer for a softer light.
So, the hard-fast rule is this: The larger the light, the softer the light; the closer the light, the softer the light.
Thanks Frode! I'll review the next video more closely next time. Seriously.
(This just in from Frode: Thank you translates into 'Tusen takk', which means 'a thousand thank yous'. The short version of it is just 'Takk', as you use Thanks. )
Explore the light – the close-up light, that is.
P.S. Check out the recent portraits on my blog. Most have soft and flattering lighting – because, as Frode knows, the light was relatively close to the subject.