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Photography essentials 07 lighting

Photo lighting

Photography essentials 07 lighting

  1. 1. Photography lighting Essentials Or … what are the elements of lighting?
  2. 2. Types of light • Natural Light (Ambient) • Sun • Lights in the room • Artificial Light (Flashes, Lamps, Strobes) • Speedlights • Strobes • Lamps
  3. 3. Lighting Position • Butterfly • Rembrandts • Short • Broad • Loop
  4. 4. Butterfly lighting  Butterfly Lighting is achieved by positioning the main light directly in front of the subjects face and adjusting the height to create a shadow directly under, and in line with, the nose.  This style is best suited for subjects with a normal oval face and is considered to be a glamour style of lighting best suited for women.  It is not recommended for use with men because it has a tendency to highlight the ears – crating an undesirable effect.
  5. 5. Butterfly lighting
  6. 6. Rembrandt  Rembrandt lighting  Rembrandt lighting is characterized by an illuminated triangle under the eye of the subject, on the less illuminated side of the face. It is named for the Dutch painter Rembrandt, who often used this type of lighting.
  7. 7. Rembrandt Lighting
  8. 8. Split Lighting  Split lighting … is constructed with a single light source placed 90 degrees offset from the subject and a bit higher than eye level, lighting one half of the face, and leaving the other in shadow.  Split Lighting is always taken with the subject facing square to the camera, unlike … Rembrandt lighting which all have the subject’s head angled in relation to the camera.
  9. 9. Split Lighting
  10. 10. Split Lighting
  11. 11. Short lighting  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 subject’s nose is facing left and the light is coming from that same side.  Makes the subject look thinner.
  12. 12. Short lighting Short Side Broad Side Light coming from short side.
  13. 13. Short lighting
  14. 14. Broad lighting  Broad lighting illuminates the larger portion of the face visible to the camera. The area of the face that is highlighted is now larger than the area in shadow.  Because of this, the face looks slightly larger and fatter.
  15. 15. Broad lighting Short Side Broad Side Light coming from broad side.
  16. 16. Broad lighting
  17. 17. Loop lighting  With this light pattern you create a small loop-like shadow on either side of the nose. It is achieved by placing the main light source above the camera (almost like with Butterfly pattern) and moving it slightly to a side.
  18. 18. Loop lighting

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