Number 1. Lighting

the angel of the waters

Lighting is the number 1 thing to be thinking of when you are taking a photograph. If the lighting is poor, you will most likely not be able to get the shot successfully! (Hey we all want GREAT photos!) Lighting can be done in many different ways. There is outdoor natural lighting – which is when a photographer only uses the sun as light, nothing else. There is also studio lighting which includes; Split, Loop, Rembrandt, and Butterfly. Split lighting splits the face exactly into equal halves with one side being in the light, and the other in shadow. Split lighting tends to be a more masculine. Loop lighting is made by creating a small shadow of the subjects nose on their cheek. To create loop lighting, the light source must be slightly higher than eye level. Rembrandt lighting is done by the triangle of light on the cheek. Unlike loop lighting where the shadow of the nose and cheek do not touch, in Rembrandt lighting they do meet which, creates that trapped little triangle of light in the middle. Last but not least, Butterfly lighting. This type of lighting creates a butterfly look under the nose by placing the main light source above and directly behind the camera. It is most often used for glamour style shots and to create shadows under the cheeks and chin. So many options, right?! The trick is to look at the subject to see which type of lighting “favors” them.

Photo by: the angel of the waters

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