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October 15, 2016 AT 2:00 am

How to Light Real World Objects with “Flat Design” Style Drop Shadows #CelebratePhotography

Drop shadow lighting

Via DIY photography

The “flat design” style drop shadows seem to have become a big thing lately. Whenever I check out my YouTube feed, I always seem to see a new tutorial on how to do it in Photoshop, Illustrator or After Effects. It’s easy to see why. It’s a pleasing look. It complements a flat design with a sense of realism, depth and context. This is the first time, though, that I’ve seen it done for real, with actual objects.

In this video from the Cinematography Database, Matt Workman teams up with Greg from Lens Pro To Go to show us how it’s done. Starting off with a simple overhead setup, they take us through the entire process. They break the process down into individual steps and build it up one light at a time. This lets you see exactly how each light is contributing to the scene.

It’s a useful technique for overhead lighting, but it may require a fairly large space to get a good even spread of light and prevent rapid falloff. How much space will depend on the size of the object you’re shooting. But, you don’t want one corner of your shot blowing out while the other’s underexposed, so it’s something to take into account.

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