Portrait Lighting techniques

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Stephen Shaw Artist

Today in technical sessions we learnt about different portrait lighting techiniques we could use to flatter our subject .

  • Split lighting
  • Loop lighting
  • Rembrandt lighting
  • Butterfly lighting
  • Short and broad lighting

Split Lighting

split-lighting-by-Darlene-Hildebrandt

To achieve split lighting simply put the light source 90 degrees to the left or right of the subject, and possibly even slightly behind their head. Where you place the light in relation to the subject will depend on the person’s face. Watch how the light falls on them and adjust accordingly. In true split lighting, the eye on the shadow side of the face does pick up light in the eye only. If by rotating their face a bit more light falls on their cheek, it’s possible their face just isn’t ideal for split lighting.

Loop Lighting

Loop lighting is made by creating a small shadow of the subjects noses on their cheeks. To create loop lighting…

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