INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTING

I just started of learning about lighting basics.

Rembrandt’s paintings serve as the basis for dramatic lighting still, even after four centuries. The infamous paintings have very intentional in directing one’s eye, in showing depth of character – grave characteristics and a feeling as if there is a lot more than meets the eye (there is). The paintings are also political in nature, hence the lighting is of substance.

The following are some examples of lighting

BUTTERFLY

BUTTERFLY LIGHTING

This is when you place the light slightly above the subject and aligned to the center of the face so that there is an even shadow under the nose.

CLAMSHELL

CLAMSHELL LIGHTING

This is a great beauty setup, with a light above and one below the face

COLOURED GELS

COLOURED GELS LIGHTING

This is for accent. It’s a five point lighting.

HARD KEY WITH KICKERS

HARD KEY WITH KICKERS LIGHTING

This is a setup with two kickers behind the subject on opposite sides, this lighting is hard.

KEY WITH A CLOSE SOFT BOX

This is a classic Rembrandt setup. With a close soft box we get softer shadows.

KEY, FILL AND RIM

KEY FILL AND RIM

This a classic three point lighting.

REMBRANDT SHORT

REMBRANDT SHORT LIGHTING

This is a classic Rembrandt setup with the light facing the opposite side to the side of the face facing the camera used to create a triangle of light on the face.

REMBRANDT WITH A SILVER BROLLY

REMBRANDT WITH A SILVER BROLLY LIGHTING

The light is placed in such a way as to create a triangle on the face. The reflector helps the light to spread further.

SPLIT/ SHORT

SPLIT/ SHORT LIGHTING

The light is placed in such a way as to cover one part of the face in shadows.

SPLIT WITH FULL

SPLIT WITH FULL LIGHTING

The light should be placed on one side of the face as to cover the other half in darkness and a reflector is placed on the opposite side to fill in shadows.

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