I thought that the closer the light is to a subject the more intense it's gonna be and therefore the harder the shadows. But I heard somewhere that it's not the case. I heard that the closer the light, the softer the shadows. I thought before that when, for example, you move the reflector back you would get softer shadows and when you move in closer the shadows would be a bit harder (obviously it won't be as hard as a directional light). I'm really confused now. Can someone please explain this to me simply.
Also, why is it that we use harder key and fill lights than desired when we shoot wide shots?
Thanks for you help
Edited by Jim Nelson, 05 August 2010 - 11:37 PM.