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A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget by Jay Holben

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Soft Light

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Soft light, as you might expect, is the opposite of hard light and is defined by long shadow transitions, or lack of shadows. A completely overcast day is a perfect example of the softest light you can have. With the sky completely covered in clouds, the clouds themselves now become your light source. The size of the light source has gone from a tiny dot in the sky (the sun) to a source that fills the entire sky—quite literally. This massive light source creates an incredibly soft light with, quite possibly, no shadows at all.

Although natural sunlight is a very hard source, when cloud cover diffuses the direct light of the sun, it creates very soft light.

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