Now that hard light is no longer your enemy, consider how you can integrate it into your everyday use. Hard light actually plays well with others, so consider mixing it in with softer light. And I don’t just mean unmodified accent lights, either. Consider overlapping a hard, main light with soft light placed right beside it, as seen above. The hard light creates crisp shadow lines, adding clarity to the image, while the soft light fills in the shadows a bit, adding a subtle warmth, giving the photo accessibility. It brings an excitement to the image that you can’t quite put your finger on—something that couldn’t be accomplished ...

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