The Top 10 Photography Lighting Facts You Should Know
Frontlighting de-emphasizes texture
7. Frontlighting de-emphasizes texture; lighting from the side, above, or below emphasizes it. A portraitist may want to keep the light source close to the axis of the lens to suppress skin wrinkles, while a landscapist may want sidelighting to emphasize the texture of rocks, sand, and foliage. Generally, the greater the angle at which the light is positioned to the subject, the more texture is revealed.
Tip: To retain detail in your fluffy pet’s fur, position the light source somewhat to the side rather than straight on.