All of us love tender gentle as a result of it provides that dreaminess to food and drinks images that can at all times be nice. Nonetheless, just lately I’ve been seeing extra individuals use onerous gentle of their food and drinks pictures.
If you wish to soar on this difficult gentle bandwagon I’ve put collectively just a few suggestions for creating onerous gentle, and examples to indicate you ways the sunshine can have an effect on your photos. I’d undoubtedly suggest giving onerous gentle a strive as a result of it’s at all times helpful to have some variety in your portfolio in terms of lighting.
If you need to have extra of an thought when taking a look at different’s work if they’re utilizing onerous or tender gentle, take a look at the shadows they create. Onerous gentle will create harsh, outlined shadows and tender gentle will create softer shadows with extra of a gradient.
The very first thing we have to create onerous gentle pictures is, with out sounding too apparent, some onerous gentle. For those who use synthetic gentle, like flash strobes or steady lights, you’re going to desire a onerous reflector or the sunshine’s naked bulb.
Not like our much-loved softboxes, these gained’t have any layer of diffusion over them. The diffusion in softboxes helps soften the sunshine, so undiffused gentle will likely be tougher and harsher. Onerous reflectors are normally rather a lot smaller than softboxes and are available in many sizes. The smaller the sunshine supply is, the tougher the sunshine will likely be. For those who’re utilizing pure gentle, you’ll have to rely on the solar and climate. That’s not nice for me since I reside in the UK. For onerous gentle pictures in pure gentle, you’ll need a cloudless sky, and a window with direct daylight. On a cloudy day, the clouds act as a diffuser for the solar turning the sky into an enormous softbox so you’ll have to wait till these clouds go for the onerous gentle.
The shadows within the onerous gentle photos can change into actually attention-grabbing and I believe this is likely one of the causes they’re rising in popularity in the meanwhile. That is very true with drinks pictures as a result of the glasses can create some actually attention-grabbing shadows and reflections with the sunshine. Take a look at out just a few of your glasses to see how the patterns on them change the shadows and reflections.
Different issues that may have an effect on the shadows in onerous gentle pictures are the angle and peak of the sunshine. The angle your gentle is at goes to have an effect on the course of the shadow, this is similar with tender gentle pictures however it could be extra necessary to recollect because the shadows with this model of pictures are typically darker and longer, which goes to be necessary to recollect when desirous about composition within the picture.
You aren’t going to desire a lengthy darkish shadow going by means of your essential topic, this may be fairly distracting. To alter this with pure gentle you’re going to have to maneuver your self and your topic as you’ll be able to’t transfer the solar round.
The peak of the sunshine goes to have an effect on the size of the shadows. The decrease the sunshine, the longer the shadow and the upper the sunshine, the shorter your shadow.
By altering each the angle and peak of your gentle you’ll be able to manipulate these attention-grabbing shadows to fall over your picture in the correct place to your picture and composition. There are not any proper or incorrect combos of those, it’s simply greatest to determine what works greatest for the picture you’re creating.
Different small modifications can even have an effect on your picture so it’s at all times a good suggestion to experiment in numerous methods you’ll be able to manipulate the sunshine. For extra info on onerous gentle pictures, take a look at this video. Or for extra recommendations on food and drinks pictures, take a look at my YouTube Channel.
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