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Types of light worth embracing
Just because your photos look too harsh or overexposed doesn't mean you're a horrible photographer. In this situation, the culprit is simply bad lighting! Experimenting with the right types of light will help you understand both lighting and your smartphone on a much deeper level.
Well-lit photographs are a result of well-lit environments. An example of this is the golden hour, which is a time of day shortly after sunrise or right before sunset when the sun's light is neither too harsh nor too weak. This perfect lighting creates a golden atmosphere ideal for smartphone photographers of all kinds.
Another example worth embracing is diffused light. Cloudy, gloomy days don't have to be your creative enemies. Clouds create a soft glow that can be enhanced using a reflective substance. If you don't have a professional reflector at hand, make one yourself using a sheet of paper or any white material. Even foil will do! Your DIY reflector can then be used to reflect the cloud's glow and make your subject's face stand out.
Types of light you should avoid
Why directional lighting is important
Directional lighting involves the interaction between your subject and your source of light. Understanding how to place your subject (or move around it) to capture its best possible sides will help you take breathtaking photographs with your smartphone. There are three main types of directional lighting:
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