Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
He didn't really give a detailed answer... This was his reply....

There is always a physical limitation to a light source, which itself has an associated radius. So in practice this mathematical situation never arises. But theoretically, yes.


"Stone wrote:
So, on the photo forum, this question arose....

This is confusing me

according to the inverse square lawB=I/d^2,theIllumination from a light sourcequadruples every time the distance from subject to light source is cut in half.Inconsequence doesn't that mean that the light source approaches infinite intensitywhen the distance to the light source approaches '0'?Hoew can this be?is there a flaw in the inverse square lawor is it limited to certain conditions? "
Well, because light sources aren't infinitely "Intense".

It might be easier to understand by starting at the light source, which has a given intensity which is the high limit (not infinity), and then doing the math as you move away from the source.