Natural Light: Making the Most of Hard Light

By Andrew Gibson

In a previous article I explored ways of taking  photos in soft light. Today, I’d like to look at the opposite of that, and  discuss the idea of taking photos in hard light.

In the earlier piece I wrote about matching the light to the subject. That’s  an important concept to understand – especially when it comes to hard light, a  type of lighting considered by many photographers to be unsuitable for most  types of photography.

I’m not saying those photographers are incorrect. Hard light doesn’t suit  every type of subject, and if you’re trying to take a photo in hard light that  you really shouldn’t be taking, then nothing you can do is going to work. Here’s  an example from the earlier article:

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