Direction of Light
the direction of light changes the way our subject appears. So I stand with my back to the sun, so the subject is front lit. I get a very flat looking image, and details such as texture is diminished. However, if I move around 90 degrees to the side, then the subject becomes side lit and that side lighting gives me shadows. And those shadows gives me form and depth. And if I continue my journey around that I'm facing directly into the sun and the subject is now backlit that I get more drama, get silhouettes. Aiken, Great rim lighting. So where we position the subject in relation to the light source completely changes the message are photograph is giving the angle of light also affect the visual outcome. Low angle light, which in summer we get in the early morning and late afternoon. The golden hours and in winter for extended periods, more like golden mornings and afternoons produces long shadows, which had dimension and depth in a scene Now in landscape photography. This might be used...
to accentuate the visual journey the viewer takes from foreground to background. It can also be used a great tension as the angle of light increases. Shadows grow shorter, visually reducing depth and flattening the scene. Now, generally speaking, this is in perfect light for Portrait's because it produces unflattering shadows. However, if the overhead light is soft, it can be used dramatic effect. Overhead lighting is also used a lot in product photography outdoors so hard overhead lighting is rarely ideal, which is the reason for the old adage never photographed during the middle of the day, of course, as you will see in the next lesson as an exception to every rule.