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
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.
This is a great beauty setup, with a light above and one below the face
This is for accent. It’s a five point lighting.
HARD KEY WITH KICKERS
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
This a classic three point 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
The light is placed in such a way as to create a triangle on the face. The reflector helps the light to spread further.
The light is placed in such a way as to cover one part of the face in shadows.
SPLIT WITH FULL
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.
The mirror reflects a man crying incurably. The man is probably in his fifties, wrinkles and folds paint his face. There is no light in the room except a small bulb on top of the man, illuminating his face and throwing everything else into darkness. He stops; abruptly looks up into the mirror and starts sniggering which slowly grows louder as the man starts laughing throwing his arms up in the air. His hysteric laughter echoing in the room. The animated look on his face makes one think (almost surely) if he is insane. The laughing ends as he exhales still in small fits and then stops with a deep breath ….
After a moment of silence, there comes a voice,
“CUT! THAT WAS AMAZING. Now let’s do that again from the top.”
The man looks to his side, there is a script on the table beside him. His eyes fall on the last line on the page:
A galactic experience unfolds. The blues and purples of the galaxies merge and the stars keep twinkling in this mixture and then a whole lot of violet and pink merge in this, the person just stares amazed into this miracle unfolding in front of his eyes and rubs his eyes to confirm. This time it’s like the world before has flipped to the other side now it’s like he is in a bubble and the world outside the bubble is a medley of red and celestial blue.
He hears a disturbance from the side, he can’t move his head.
“You really need a pair of these”
Something is put on his eyes and he is in a white room being stared at by a doctor, reality dawns.
All of them went in a line on the road not caring if there were cracks or potholes on the road. Occasionally they would dodge big squishy things which landed over them, trying to kill them. If one of them got squished under it, the others just moved around him and continued along the same path. They all were black. They always ventured to a place where they all got their food in the form of white crystal cubes as big as their own self. They would take one each and again start walking in a line back to where they came from.
The big squishy things were the fingers of a giant who lost her interest in the passing ants as she was hungry. She and the people like her started down the road.
It was a grey road and a very windy day.
They all walked in a line on a road not caring if there were cracks or potholes and looked out for the big squishy grey things above them in case it would rain, they would dodge it with a cloth stretched out on a rod which they all held.
They always ventured to a place where they got their food, in grey plates. They all would take one each.
It was a blue road and a very windy day.
The big squishy things were clouds. They all moved together and they were always very, very sad.