Frontlighting de-emphasizes texture

Did you know that frontlighting de-emphasizes texture on your subject.

While frontlighting de-emphasizes texture; lighting from an angle, emphasizes it. A portrait photogrpaher may want to keep the light source close to the axis of the lens to suppress skin wrinkles, while a landscae photograpeher may want sidelighting to emphasize the texture of rocks, sand, and foliage.

Generally, the greater the angle at which the light is positioned to the subject, the more texture is revealed.

Here is the tip: To retain detail in your subject, position the light source somewhat to the side rather than straight on. It creates shadows and picks up the contour of the subject.

Learn how to achieve this style of lighting at our studio workshops with Jay Terry. All the details here...


Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: