Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting a portrait with the Rembrandt pattern, part of Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture.
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The lighting pattern known as Rembrandt is name for the master painter who used it in …his portrait work. …Its main characteristic is a triangle of light on one cheek. Beautiful for both men and women, …you can adjust the ratio of key to fill to increase the drama. …Natalie Fobes: So this is kind of where the loop is in this area and see how the shadows don't touch on …the far side? …Sam: Yeah it-it's just under the nose on the side of the nose. …Natalie Fobes: So Matt, go a head and just turn your head a little bit this way. Opps, …that's little bit too much. There we go.…
So this is now Rembrandt lighting. …Sam: I can see that the triangle in there and shadows come together. …Natalie Fobes: The triangle is right there and go ahead and lower your chin just a little …bit, and you still have that--the catch light in his eye which isn't always there on Rembrandt …lighting, but it's certainly, you know part of what I try to achieve anyway. …Sam: Right …Natalie Fobes: Now I want to show you something here, about broad versus short or narrow lighting.…
Next, Natalie details a variety of common one-light and two-light lighting techniques, explaining exposure, metering considerations, and light modifiers along the way.
The course concludes with several lighting tips, including minimizing physical challenges and do-it-yourself lighting gear instructions.
- Understanding lighting positions
- Deconstructing photos to study lighting
- Lighting a portrait for a Rembrandt pattern
- Backlighting in portraits
- Examining a four-light portrait scenario
- Lighting for different skin tones