The difference of using a closer light source

The farther the light source, the harder the light. The closer the light source, the softer the light.

If you move a light closer, and you make it bigger in relation to your subject. Move it farther away, and you make it relatively smaller, and therefore more narrow.

Think about The sun is over 100 times the diameter of the earth. But, at 93 million miles away, it takes up a very small portion of the sky and hence casts very hard light when falling directly on a subject at high noon.

Here is Your Tip: When photographing people indoors by available light, move your lamps closer to them, or move them close to the light source for more flattering light.

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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: