BANGING OF LIGHT
Light touches another is like a union of sensations. A subject when touched by two light sources is like a good old delicious sandwich. 1 point or 1 source of light is not enough to make a good photo. 2 light sources creates a mergence of two light sources creating an extra dimensional feel. Let me illustrate this. In the day we have 1 light source that is the sun and in the night we have the moon. 2 point lighting and 3 point lighting creates the sensation of having an extra dimension impossible to our native or primal senses. Here is an example of 1 point lighting photo.
See the light that touches the subject makes it seen with enough drama such as chiaroscuro a contrasting image that makes a person think directly to observe. Observing these types of images tickles the mind for it is normal and primal and touches the inner guts of experiencing life. It is familiar, normal and full of direct seeing or observing. It evokes the past and what is everyday life. It makes us feel and remember the day or what can be tommorow the dimension of normalcy or the mundane expressed in a drama.
2 point lighting now creates a mergences of 2 light sources. We all know that more light creates a more quality photo. An image with more light sources in 2 positions now creates the extra dimension that most people do not experience. A house with lots of light sources is illuminated and creates a magical appearance compared to a house with one light source per room. The magic of light now is created in 2 point lighting. See the mergence of light in the face of the subject. This gives us the sensation of something extraordinary, the unfamilliar the impossible in our primal brains. This technique emerged and became the standard for most for it creates that feel of having that extra dimension beyond what is normal or the expanded drama of what is and what is possible. Compared to what is 2 point lighting it creates an additional layer of dimension that evokes and sees the future while the 1 point lighting makes us feel what is real and makes us re think the past and what is.
BACK LIGHT / HAIR LIGHT
3 point lighting is the crowning glory of graphing light, photography made this the standard and in film because it made people look like royals infront of the camera. The hair light and back light made them like the holy saints of religious culture. Think about the aura, how can a person produce an aura in the physical world? The hair light or back light made this happen, a sense of royal divinity in photo imaging. This 3 point lighting technique is used in most glamour shoots and portrait shoots to create that feel of importance and royal status even though the person is not a real royal to the nation but a royal to its people as a sub culture and a society.
Enjoy 3 point lighting and my views about it, make use of it as a creative process and expression, my claims and ramblings about light and photography is not set in stone, we are forever evolving in understanding printing and light. The graphing of light continues to evolve even if Ai is kind of winning the game let us embrace the old techniques that are neglected and forgotten in time let’s keep and recelebrate the methods for the futures to come.