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Soft and hard light


amirali mohammadi
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Hello Dear friends and professors, please guide me,
Unfortunately, I sometimes have trouble recognizing hard and soft light, for example in this image, I'm hesitant whether the light on Paul Newman's face is soft or hard? On the one hand I think this light is relatively soft and on the other hand I say it is relatively hard.
My argument for soft light is that the light source is winter light provided by the window so the light should be soft.
And my other argument is that the direction of the key light hits the actor from the position of three quarters, and this is a relatively hard light that creates a triangle of light on the face, with dense shadows.
I'm really confused.

I'm sorry, I know my questions are obvious .Thanks for your help

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42 minutes ago, David Mullen ASC said:

There are many degrees between hard and soft. This is a warm semi-hard, semi-soft light as if from the bar. Could be something like a 2K zip light for example.

Thank you very much Master Mullen.🌺🌺🌺

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The light on Newman is pretty dim. often dim subtle light is confused for a soft light.

The vibe of this shot is more from the fact he is near silhouette in front of the window. the light on his face is just a subtle touch, if it was a soft light instead of the semi hard approach the look wouldn't be that much changed.

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12 hours ago, Albion Hockney said:

The light on Newman is pretty dim. often dim subtle light is confused for a soft light.

The vibe of this shot is more from the fact he is near silhouette in front of the window. the light on his face is just a subtle touch, if it was a soft light instead of the semi hard approach the look wouldn't be that much changed.

Yes you are right, the overall effect is semi-silhouette and the key light did not have much effect on the overall effect. However, in analyzing my dissertation, I have to point out exactly the quality of the light. Thank you very much for your answer

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14 hours ago, Christopher Santucci said:

A hard light will cast shadows with hard edges (as with the sun) and will create smaller highlights. 

Thank you very much for your answer. Yes, as Master Mullen pointed out, this is a semi-hard, semi-soft light

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