Laws of Light: Creating Dimension and Texture

On this video, part of a series “laws of light” by photographer Jay P. Morgan from the Slanted Lens we look at different ways of using light to create dimension and texture.

Light can be used to give you a 3 dimensional feel in what is essentially a one dimensional medium. Morgan talks about how the position of the light changes the look that we are getting from the light on the face of our model – from (as close to as possible) in front of the camera – to just above or below to above in 45 degrees to the side and finally close to 90 degrees from the side.

One interesting tip – it is preferred for some types of shots to use a reflector instead of a second light to prevent creating double shadows which in many cases might look unnatural (this doesn’t mean that you can’t use two or even more lights it is just something to keep in mind).

Finally Morgan talks about texture and how it is effected by light. In a simple yet very convincing demo he shows how a light coming from different angles falls on a wrinkled piece of paper and creates shadows when lit from different angles.

You can check out the rest of the Laws of Light videos we published in the past from this series on this link.

You can find lot more lighting tutorials on our photography lighting section here on LensVid, and you can find all of Jay P. Morgan’s videos here on LensVid on the following link.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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