Direction

Keep to one light source at first. The aim of most studio lighting is to give a fairly natural appearance as if lit by the sun. This means having one predominant source of light and shadows, positioned high rather than low down. Set up your light source (a spotlight, for example) somewhere above camera height and to one side of the subject. Adjust it to give the best lighting direction for showing up form, texture and shape - whatever you consider the most important features of your subject to stress. Figures 27.6 and 27.7 illustrate how simply changing direction picks out or flattens different parts of a three-dimensional subject.

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