Three Objects, Three Dimensions: Creating Dynamic Light

No matter what genre of photography you shoot, anyone can benefit from learning to better sculpt light in their images. This great video not only shows you how to light one object, but also how to light several objects to create dimensionality and clarity in your images.

In this video, Jay P. Morgan from the Slanted Lens builds on his three previous videos on lighting a sphere, cube, and cylinder by placing all three in the same image, creating the challenge of lighting the scene as a whole, but also lighting each object individually in a manner that makes it distinct from the others. Once he explains why he has placed each object in a certain manner, he does a great job of walking us through why he's choosing to place lights in certain areas and how that affects the appearance of highlights and shadows as well as creating a three-dimensional look to the scene. It's a very good lesson in how to build light into a scene and subsequently, how to read that light and adjust it to achieve your desired effect. Lighting is a nuanced art that takes practice to master, but helpful videos like this will get you on your way.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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