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Types of Light in Photography

Students will be able to identify the lighting used for any given photo and replicate it. Additional resources include 3 related articles:

Lesson Resources

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  • Lesson Plan (PDF)
  • Presentation (PDF)
  • Worksheet (PDF)
  • Worksheet Example (PDF)
  • Procedure (PDF)
  • Project Example (JPEG)
  • Rubric (PDF)
  • Test Review (PDF)
  • Test (PDF)
  • Test Key (PDF)
  • Soft/Hard Light worksheet (PDF)
  • Soft/Hard Light worksheet key (PDF)
  • Light Direction worksheet (PDF)
  • Light Direction worksheet key (PDF)
  • Exposure Chart (PDF)
Types of Lighting Unit Resources
Hard vs Soft Light
Tools for Using Soft Light
How the Position of Light Changes Your Photos
The Position of Light - extended version
Adjusting Ambient Light
Rim Lighting For Portraits
Budget Lighting Set-up