Discover 12 Types of Magical Light for Photos! And the best news…no lighting equipment is required! No fancy flash, umbrellas, big soft box, just your camera! Taking great photos is about finding magical light for photos. I often tell students that I’ve trained myself to become an expert on finding light. Without magical light, photos look flat, dull and one dimensional. We’re going to look at 12 different types of magical light from window light, rim light, side light, golden hour light, diffused light and more! This first photo was taken at sunset in New Zealand along the Coromandel Peninsula.