Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Oops & Thanks!

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.

1 comment:

Shorthand said...

Actually, the best (and most mathematically correct) form of the rule is "The larger the light source would APPEAR TO BE from the PERSPECTIVE OF THE SUBJECT, the softer it is." Just put yourself in your subject's shoes and you're in business :)