Case Study #7: Hard Light Used Right

Don’t be afraid of hard light. With the right posing and positioning, you can make hard, afternoon light work in your favor.

Like all scenes, first start by analyzing your direction of light. Then place your subjects in an area where the the shadows aren’t too harsh. Try your best to avoid placing highlight edges against highlight edges in order to avoid losing your edges. Instead, focus on finding a background that helps chisel out your subject.

No additional light modification is necessary when you find the right kind of light and positioning for your scene. Be careful of how you place your subjects on the same focal plane, watching for how they cast shadows on each other.