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Light and Form

Lesson 36 from: Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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36. Light and Form

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Lesson Info

Light and Form

body. Escaping is a style of photography that reveals an abstract exploration of the human form. It treats the body as a landscape, and it perfectly demonstrates how choosing the right angle of light will add depth to an image. Uniforms front on lighting produces no shadows, so the subject will appear two dimensional or flat, hence the term flat lighting. Flat lighting reveals shape but not form. A similar effect occurs when a subject is photographed against the light. Backlighting creates a silhouette essentially a block of shadow. Again, it's two dimensional. We get shape, not form. To get form, we need side lighting. Side lighting creates a fusion of shadow and detail. Two dimensions become three on the human body is transformed to create depth, whether in a body escape, a landscape, a cityscape or any other subject. For that matter, you need to choose a camera angle that interweaves shadow and light now, as well as giving dimension to individual objects. Typically, we want to add d...

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Ratings and Reviews

Edmund Cheung

Perhaps the style of presentation and simple, short, and direct messaging does not "jive" with some; but others may really love this. Yes the production of each episode is stylized and perhaps a bit formal (like a TV Show?), but there is something to be said about it. Perhaps this is not meant for professional photographers? I think of myself as decent amateur / high level photographer. I found lots of great nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from this. Especially when I an in a rut for creativity. Yes I have heard all these concepts and ideas before. BUT it is always great to hear and see a different way of presentation and voice. Please do NOT take the naysayer reviews as the end all. You should judge for yourself and watch a few episodes. If the style and content click for you, I would highly recommend this course.

Kai Atherton

While I am perhaps more advanced in my photography then this course. It is always great to be able to go back to fundamentals and remind ourselves of the basic principles, and even camera function. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and Chris's other. It is a great motivational jumpstart when lacking fresh creative idea's.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering the art of photography ) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

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