I am pleased to be part of a group of photographers participating in a photography blog circle. We share a common passion for photography. We met through a Clickin Moms online workshop last year. Since then, we’ve become a great support network for each other. Through the blog circle project, we hope to grow technically and creatively in photography.
We are changing things up a bit for the 2015 blog circle. We used to do posts on How I View (insert subject here). However for this year, we will be focusing on a technical aspect of photography to hone our skills. This month, we are focusing on short lighting.
In short lighting, the main light source illuminates the portion of the subject’s face that is furthest from the camera. This is called the short side of the face. The other side of the face which is toward and closest to the camera receives less light or is in shadow. This is called the broad side because more of the face is visible. Simply put, short lighting is illuminating the short side of the face. To achieve this, position the subject so that the nose is facing the light source. This lighting style helps reduce the size of the face and body and is very flattering. Why? The viewer’s eye is naturally drawn to the brighter parts of a photo so the viewer sees the short/narrow side first.
In all the photos below (which I took while Sophia was reviewing for a quiz), my main light source is a huge window, camera left. Her nose is towards the window. These are all examples of short light. I encourage you to try it out. However before doing so, head over to my friend, Nadeen Flynn’s blog to see her execution of short light. You won’t be disappointed!