Learning the 3 basic principles of light

by Gannon Burgett

posted Monday, August 17, 2015 at 2:01 PM EDT

No matter how you’re lighting your photographs, there are certain traits, or principles, of light that will ultimately determine the aesthetic of your photograph.

In photography, there are three main principles: instensity/quantity of light, direction of light, and quality of light.

In the below video, a segment from a CreativeLive session, portrait photographer Lindsay Adler walks through the basics of these three principles, breaking down how each one affects the sculpting of a subject.

At five minutes in length, it’s a quick watch and well worth watching.

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