Light vs. Dark in Photography

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Light versus dark in photography are two concepts with some pretty staggering and important differences. Learn about light versus dark in photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I'd like to talk to you about light versus dark in photography. Now, light versus dark is going to be the contrast. Now the higher the contrast the more moody you can make the feel. So if the light part is real light and the dark part is real dark, you're going to have a lot more emotion in the photograph than you would per say if you had the light and the dark be a lot closer together. It makes for a lot more flatter of an image, kind of gives a more of a boring kind of feel I'd say. Now with this, there are many different options that you can choose from, mainly where the light is coming from and where the dark is. Now say you had a real bright light behind somebody and it's completely dark on their face, that's going to give a much different feeling than say if it was completely black behind them and then completely well lit in front of them. It just gives a much different feel as well as if you wanted to maybe sidelight somebody. You put a real harsh light on somebody's side and no fill on the other side. It's going to give a real bright look on the one side of their face, falling off into complete shadow on the other side. This just gives a real moody feel and what I'd suggest is just take a couple lights and play with it until you get something that you really enjoy because this is the fun part of photography is playing around with the lighting and seeing what kind of mood that you can get that comes out of your pictures. And that's what light versus dark can do with your photography. I'm Dan Reinecke. Take your best shot.

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