Learn with Calumet. Broad lighting for portrait photography.

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.


Equipment List

Lastolite 1.5mx1.8m Collapsible Reversible Background – Black/White

Bowens Gemini 400/400Rx Umbrella Kit

Calumet 52″ Translucent Umbrella

Bowens 4″ (10cm) Snoot Cone (15°)

Profoto 80cm Reflector – Black/White

If you’re looking for the right camera to help you achieve the Rembrandt effect, head on over to our camera range to find the right one for you. And if you need some help, get in touch with us on social media, call us on 0333 003 5000, email us at customer.support@calphoto.co.uk, or see our Help Centre for FAQ and answers.

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