What is diffused lighting?
Images by Caleb Gaskins
When to use diffused lighting.
Diffused lighting is most commonly used in portrait photography. The even light is flattering for subjects because it eliminates shadows, softens the face, and allows the subject to relax without squinting.
“Soft light makes the image warmer,” says photographer Caleb Gaskins. “Even if the image has cool tones, it feels welcoming to me, whereas harsh light has a more rigid, in-the-action kind of feeling.”
Soft light is also highly sought after for different types of still life photography, such as food or product photography. In fact, most photoshoots that take place in an indoor studio use some form of diffusion.
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