The essence of photography finds its foundations in the workings of light and shadow, or as the Italian masters of Renaissance Art would call it Chiaroscuro. When it comes to portrait lighting, the use of light and shadow has very different effects on the final image. In order to create some common ground between photographers, Rory Lewis has put together a few key photography lighting setups that you should get to know.
With a broad light setup, the highlights of the face are turned towards the camera, while the shadows face away from the camera. In other words broad lighting is when the subject’s face is slightly turned away from the centre, and the side of the face which is towards the camera is in the light, making it look broader.
This setup makes the subject’s face appear wider, as more of the face is illuminated, hence the name – broad lighting.
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