Photography Lighting Setups By: Grace Han
Terminology: • Key Light: Used to highlight form and dimension; the key light is usually the first and most important light used in a lighting setup. • Fill Light: A light used to reduce shadows and fill out the key light. • Backlight: A light used to illuminate from the back of the subject. • Reflector: Is a reflective surface that is used to reflectlight toward a given subject or scene.
Broad portrait lighting • The subject’s face is furthest • from the camera. • The side of the subject that is • closest to the camera.
Short portrait lighting • Short portrait lighting is the • opposite of Broad portrait • lighting. • The part of the subject facing • away from the camera.
Split lighting portrait • The key light is placed at a 90 • degree angle to the one side of • the subject’s face.
Rembrandt effect lighting • The key light is placed at a • 45 degree angle of the • subject’s face.
Butterfly lighting • The key light high in • front and angled down • on the subject creates a • shadow under the • subject’s nose. • The shadow under the nose • across the face is referred to • as the butterfly effect.