Specular light is a light that retains its reflective qualities. When this light hits a subject, the reflective light bounces back into the camera.
A specular highlight is a bright spot of light that appears on shiny objects when illuminated. It's crucial to those in the 3D computer graphics industry, as they provide a strong visual cue for object shape and location with respect to lights within the scene.
This light has stronger highlights and stronger contrasts. Showcasing a hard and specular light quality, the image below was created using a silver reflector. This reflects light especially on oily and moist areas of the face to invoke a certain emotion that would be lacking if diffused light was used. Typically, action and sport photographers use specular light for its high contrast and reflective qualities.
Related Articles to Specular Light Definition
Shooting Creative Portraits With Inexpensive Lights
You may not need the most expensive strobes out there.
Dramatic Portraits | My 5 Essential Tools to Create Drama in Your Portraits
Drama by definition is an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events. We as photographers often utilize drama in our…
Using Natural Highlights & Shadows to Create A Mood | How I Shot It
Find a nice little space and own it.
Spyder5Studio Review | Getting Your Images Color Controlled From Capture To Print (40% Off today Only)
It’s time to start taking yourself and your work seriously by getting a grip on color management. This system is complete from capture to print, and is something you can keep and grow with.
How To Look Thin In Photos By Short Lighting | Minute Photography
Welcome to our Minute Photography series, where we explain photography and lighting tips & tricks, myths, and techniques.
Photography Lighting Tips | Faking OCF With An On Camera Speedlight And A Silver Reflector
Bouncing light is one of the first ways photographers will begin to manipulate and modify light. Natural light shooters use…
SLR Lounge Specials
$100 Off Premium
1,500+ Lessons, 30+ Workshops
33% Off Visual Flow
Designed by SLR Lounge & DVLOP
2020 Holiday Gift Guide
Ideas for All Budgets
Black Friday Deal Tracker