The essence of photography finds its foundations upon the workings of light and shadow, or as the Italian masters of Renaissance Art would call it Chiaroscuro. And 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:
Short lighting is the complete opposite of broad lighting we talked about in the previous post. In a short lighting setup it is the shadow side of the face that is directed towards the camera. The effect makes the subject’s face look more slender and longer. This lighting style is used to create edgy, dramatic portrait photography. It adds 3D qualities and is flattering for most people.
Simply put short lighting has shadows on the largest part of the face showing.
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