Definition: Soft Light

Definition: Soft Light  | Glossary entry

Soft Light

Soft light is light that creates shadows with a gradual transition from light to dark. There are no hard shadow lines. It is created from a scattered or diffused light source. Soft light is found where the lighting is indirect or where it passes through a diffuser, clouds or some other medium which scatters the light. Diffused light can be light that has bounced off one or more surfaces before it hits a photographic target.

Soft light may be created by many light sources which prevents the harsh shadows created by a single hard light source. A soft light source is large (relative to the subject being lit) and/or close to the subject.

https://i1.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8001/6963764882_4dc7053cc9.jpg?resize=500%2C213

Soft light creates gentle lines with gradual
transition of the shadows from light to dark.

A light which is very soft has a wide transition from light to dark. The transition of light to dark gets progressively smaller as light gets harder.

A softbox creates diffused, soft light.

[refdefS][refdefL]#3977#

 
If you enjoyed this article please sign up for our email service…

Get Photokonnexion tips by email!
Daily tips – find out more

Start email subscription now!
#11030#