Hard vs. Soft Light

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  1. photoexpertguy

    photoexpertguy TPF Noob!

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    What do you prefer?

    Check out this article to learn more about quality of light and how this photo was created.

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  2. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    To answer your question: it depends upon the subject and my visualization of the finished print.
     
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    i prefer not so processed HDR. and what article are you talking about?
    below are 2 links, hard and soft light of the same subject, to illustrate the ability to change your subjects appearance with light that i think everyone will enjoy. :lmao:
    soft light
    hard light
     
  4. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Hum, don't see any HDR here, just hard, direct light from at least a couple of lights.

    It looks like there's one light just out of the bottom of the frame set to it's widest beam and pointing up at about a 45 degree angle, lighting him and making the hard shadow on the wall behind him. There is a second one behind him lighting the lower part of the door.

    It looks like there's been some boost to local contrast done in post processing but no tone mapping.
     
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    hmmm bad call on my part then, i associate that contrast with what most people end up tone mapping their images to.
     
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    i checked out the the link and like the site!
     
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    Way to join the the forum and with your post post, promote your blog. Welcome to the board... I think that photo looks like Gollum is couching behind him.
     
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    Wheres the other one?
     
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    newrmdmike: not a bad call -- you got it. This photo has been tone mapped in a manner typical of HDR methods. In this case Photoshop's Shadow/Highlight adjustment was used to produce that signature effect of midtone posterization.

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