Frontlight, Backlight, Sidelight: How They Affect Your Photos

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Photo by Antonio Papago

Cheapshooter.com describes four different kinds of lighting – frontlighting, diffused frontlighting, backlighting and sidelighting – and how each impacts your photos.

Author Dan writes, “Light is the backbone in every photograph. In this post-processing, Photoshop-faking, high-dynamic-ranging world of modern photography, beginning photographers often forget about light in the process. It’s to their detriment: Almost every other photographic flaw – poor composition, cheap equipment, etc. – can be excused simply if the light is good. And, despite what a lot of people may think, good lighting is something that just can’t be faked.”

[Via: Cheapshooter.com]
Photo: Antonio Papago

Chris Malinao

About Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.

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