KEY LIGHT - This is the strongest and most prominent light source in your photoshoot.
FILL LIGHT - This the light that balances out the key light, filling in shadows on the subject's face.
BACK LIGHT - This is the light that shines behind the subject to one side, lighting their shoulder to help them standout from the background.
THREE POINT LIGHTING - A style of lighting that utilizes three lights (key, fill, back) to give shape and definition during a studio photoshoot.
SPLIT LIGHTING - A lighting style where one light (the key light) is on one side of the subject while there are no lights on the opposite side of the subject--creating a strong shadow on the other side of the subject.
REMBRANDT LIGHTING - A lighting style named after the famous painter Rembrandt as he mastered lighting a small inverted triangle of light on the subject's cheek opposite from the light source. This can be achieved by placing the light above the subject and to one side.
BUTTERFLY LIGHTING - A lighting style named as such because the light casts a shadow along the mouth that shaped like a butterfly. To achieve this, place a light directly above your subject at a 45-degree angle. Then hold a reflector underneath his/her chin to fill in the harsh shadow.
- Take studio portraits of a subject using a single light (key light).
- Take studio portraits of a subject using a two lights (key light and fill light).
- Take studio portraits of a subject using three point lighting (key light, fill light, back light).
- Take studio portraits of a subject using split lighting.
- Take studio portraits of a subject using rembrandt lighting.
- Take studio portraits of a subject using butterfly lighting.