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    Duncan Rawlinson

    The assignment:

    In this lesson you will take two photographs. Your first photograph must be taken in a soft lighting situation, achieved artificially or naturally and the second photograph should be a fairly exaggerated hard lighting photograph. Again, you can achieve this hard lighting situation naturally or artificially.

    You have submitted two photographs.

    The first photograph is your soft light image and it features a cat in low light not soft light. There is a difference between not enough light and soft light. Soft light doesn’t automatically mean low light.

    What is ‘soft’ about this image is the focus. The cat is very much out of focus and it makes this image unusable for prints or even web content or anything else.

    We’d recommend you re-shoot that one if you want to use it for anything.

    Your second image features a statue in a hard light and half in a shadow. Statues are hard to shoot and you’ve captures this one well.

    One of the issues with shooting in hard light is to avoid blown out whites in your image. In your photo the chest and face appear to be slightly blown out but that’s not too bad.

    I struggled with the same thing in this photo I took recently:


    We hope you understand the difference between soft light and low light and that you’ll keep lighting in mind whenever you shoot your next series of images.

    Thanks and keep up good work!



    Duncan Rawlinson

    This is much better!

    We look forward to your next assignment.

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