In this exercise I have photographed this decorative clog twice under the same light - a halogen capsule - but the second photograph has a diffuser between the lamp and the subject. I took care to remove all other lighting in the room to ensure the effect was maximised.
It's actually quite fascinating to see thedifference between the two images simply by using a diffuser to turn the small hard light into a large soft light. In this instance I do think I prefer the second image. For this subject the shadows are too hard in the first image.