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Different types of lighting in Photography

I set up my camera over the weekend in the living room to play with the different directions of light. Side, front, back and above.  I was initially going to just take a side light picture for this weeks challenge – Side Light Photography, but I thought it would be fun to take it a step further and look at the different types of light.

Side Lighting – Side lighting is pretty straight forward it’s when the light comes from the side. Side lighting can create contrast and shadows bringing your subject to life.

Front Lighting – Front lighting is when your light source is shining directly on your subject. So your subject has the light directly on them, but you as the photographer will have your back to the sun or light source.

Front Light Photography
Above  Light Photography – Top light is when the light is directly above your  subject.

Back Lighting – Back lighting is when the light is behind your subject. So you as the photographer has the sun or light source facing toward you. This is when you can get a great silhouette.


Back Light Photography

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