Understanding different types of light is important. If you don’t know how light works, then fixing issues that show up in your lighting during a shoot is going to be a pain.
In this video from Wolfcrow, filmmaker Sareesh Sudhakaran explains the different types of light, how they affect our subject, the problems they can present, and some tips on how to overcome them.
There’s really no right or wrong type of lighting, it’s all subjective. It’s up to you to decide which is going to give you the look you want, and the principles are the same regardless of whether it’s video or stills, continuous lights or flash.
It also doesn’t really matter what you’re photographing. Thanks to the inverse square law, the principles scale up and down extremely well. Whether it’s a person or a small product, how the light presents to your subject is going to change how the subject appears to your camera.
As Sareesh says, the key is to get out and practise. So, what are you waiting for? Go shoot, experiment, see for yourself!