For most things, soft light sources will give you better photos. The sharp shadows you get from hard light just don't look good, and things get worse because of the way the cameras work: because of the limited dynamic range they have compared to the human eye , they simply cannot save data from both. the deep shadows and bright reflections of a scene. In this way, the already hard shadows seem even harder. Unless you are deliberately looking for a dramatic effect, harsh light simply tends to draw attention to the bad areas – think of those selfies you took in the midday sun where your face looks like a mixture of ; dark shadows and bright spots, with each wrinkle, scar and line is clearly demarcated. It’s just not great.