Think about the light from the sun. First of all, it’s unidirectional. That informs how people react to artificial light. Whether it’s at home or in a business, the best lighting schemes tend to lead with a main light and fill at the margins.
That’s also how most commercial film and photography projects are lit.
Of course, there are no rules. So when the occasion arises for dramatic lighting, it could make sense to go for it.
When I was setting up this portrait near the airport in Orlando, there was some hard directional ambient light that I was facing. My plan was to place the subject in some shade and fill with a strobe.
My camera didn’t get the memo and decided to overpower the scene with flash.
This happy accident of crisscrossing light sources gave me something I never would have imagined.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.