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  • Portrait Lighting
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  • Portrait Lighting set-ups There are basically five commonly excepted portrait lighting setups in photography. These portrait lighting setup are based on the placement of the main light, relative to the subject and camera. Out of the five types of portrait lighting set-ups, three are related to both subject AND camera position. In most portrait situations, the subject will be pointing his(or her) nose to one side of the camera or the other. This will mean that the camera will see more of one side of the face than the other. Lets call the more exposed side of the face, the broad side of the face and the less exposed side of the face the short side.
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  • Broad Portrait Lighting Broad portrait lighting is when the main light is illuminating the broad side of the face and the shadow from the nose is being cast onto the short side of the face. In other words, broad lighting is when the more exposed side of the face is facing toward the main light. Another way of thinking of this is to say that the nose is NOT facing toward the same side of the camera that this light is coming from.
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  • Short Portrait Lighting Short lighting is just the opposite. Short portrait lighting is when the main light is coming from the short side of the subject and the broad side of the face is more in shadow. In other words If the subjects nose is facing left and the light is coming from that same side.* Notice how the patch of light is on the "large side of the face.
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  • Rembrandt Portrait Lighting Rembrandt lighting is a name given to the lighting effect that the old master used to use for the lighting effects in many of his paintings. Its basically short lighting where the shadow from the nose connects with the shadow on the side of the face, thus creating a triangle of light on the short side of the face. If the nose shadow does not connect with the cheek shadow, its not considered to be Rembrandt lighting, just short lighting.
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  • Split Portrait Lighting In Broad, Short and Rembrandt lighting, there will be a patch of light cast onto the shadow side of the face. If the main light is placed so far off to the side of the subject that the patch disappears and only half the face is lit, then it is considered to be Split portrait lighting. With split lighting, it rally doesnt matter to which side of the camera the nose is pointing or if the lit or shadow side of the face is facing toward the camera. Either of these situations would be considered split portrait lighting.
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  • Butterfly Portrait lighting Butterfly lighting is named that because of the shape of the shadow created directly beneath the nose. When the nose is pointing in the direction of the light, wherever it may be, and the light is high enough to cast a downward shadow, you end up with butterfly portrait lighting.
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