Fresnel light in "flood" position
Figure 4-4. Effect of soft
produces soft light
4. Direction is another part of lighting. When we talk of direction we mean
the direction of light falling on a subject, not the direction the subject is
facing. When you alter the direction of the light, you alter the appearance of
the subject or object you are lighting. Lights may be positioned in front of,
in back of, or to the side of an object or subject. With each new position,
the appearance of the subject is altered.
a. Imagine you are using a clock and the light is positioned at 6 o'clock
and the subject is in the center (fig 4-5). This is frontal lighting.
(1) The appearance of the subject is flatter
(2) Texture is diminished
(3) Frontal lighting creates needless shadows