Learning Outcomes – 1,2,3

When trying to create portrait photography, I was first assuming that it would be a simple thing to do and it would be a simple case of taking a picture of someone’s face. Let me tell you, it’s wasn’t!!

There are four common approaches when first starting this that I had no origional thoughts of. You can see all of these below:

  • Split lighting
  • Butterfly lighting
  • Loop lighting
  • Rembrandt light

Split Lighting

Split lighting is exactly what it says – it splits the face exactly into equal halves with one side being in the light, and the other in shadow. I achieved this quite easily by having the subject stand on one of my walls that was near the window out to the garden. You’ll be able to see that one side is lighter than the other.

split lighting by Darlene Hildebrandt.png

Butterfly Lighting

Butterfly lighting is aptly named for the butterfly shaped shadow that is created under the nose. This is achieved by placing the main light source above and directly behind the camera. I managed to get this by having the subject stand in front of the window with the camera in front of the subject and the light behind the camera.

butterfly lighting by Darlene Hildebrandt-1.png

Loop Lighting

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 and about 30-45 degrees from the camera (This can vary and depends on the person, you have to learn how to read people’s faces).

Now this was slightly harder but I’ve managed to find some odd things within my room to manage some of the lighting. To be honest, this type of photography is something that I’m not so keen on! I’d much rather be outside taking great shot within cities and forests 😂. With that being said, it’s a must within this college section so here we go.

I managed to get her angled to the side to both the second window I have within my room and the camera to achieve this angle on her nose to get loop lighting.

loop lighting by Darlene Hildebrandt.png

Rembrandt Lighting

Rembrandt lighting is identified 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.

I managed to get a picture within College using the light from both the window and a black folding umbrella softbox. This caused both the light and dark rembrandt effect that you can see below.

Rembrandt lighting by Darlene Hildebrandt.png

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