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Feathering the Light

May 18, 2010

(I shot this with a grid on a flash that produces that restricted spotlight effect.)

Yesterday, I talked about how light radiates out in all directions unless restricted.  In this case, I restricted the light with a grid to so that the sphere of light produced from a flash becomes a much smaller sphere of light.  I also mentioned yesterday how light falls off as it travels further from the center of the light source.  In this case, you can see how the edge of the sphere fades to black.  When you see that edge of the light, it is called feathering the light.  The advantages of feathering is that it gives you a gradient of light from bright to dark that can be more interesting for some shots then just lighting the subject evenly.

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