Front lighting

One of the most common styles of lighting is 'direct front'. This is especially true for those photographers whose cameras contain a built-in flash system and for those people who still remember the famous Kodak saying: 'Always shoot with the sun behind you.' Pictures illuminated in this way show sharp-edged shadows trailing behind the subject. The fact that the light is coming from the front also means that there will not be much texture in the subject's face.

For most portrait photographs, this style of lighting is neither flattering nor descriptive. You should only use it when you have no other options (see Figure 23.3).

Figure 23.3 Front lighting.

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