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GET BETTER WITH
I am Char Kway Teow. I love to share
the love of photography by giving
“May it be a light to you in dark
places, when all other lights go
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship
of the Ring
1) HARD LIGHT
• Intense light that creates harsh
• Dramatic lighting.
• Use with care.
• Makes people look like deer in
headlight when directly fired in-theface.
2) SOFT LIGHT
• Gentle light that creates mellow
• Smooth lighting.
• Makes people look like good with a soft
glow when used correctly.
• Wide gentle light sources produces
• Clouds and fog are good examples of
• Narrow intense light sources produces
• Camera flash without any form of
diffuser is a source of narrow intense
• Distance will affect the quality of light.
• The closer the light source is to the
subject, the more intense it will be.
• The further the light source is from the
subject, the less intense it will be.
5) BOUNCING LIGHT
• You can intentionally bounce light off
walls and ceilings.
• They act as diffusers as well.
• Similarly, you can use a reflector to
obtain similar results.
• It is important that your subject ties in
to the background.
• It will look unnatural if your subject
sticks out like a sore thumb.
• Small flash units normally cannot fill up
an entire background.
• It is important to expose to the
background first, then fill the subject in.