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.
Flat lighting is simply lighting with minimal shape or shadows. It generally lacks contrast and is not light sculpting, but is in no way “flat” in terms of the impact it can make on an image. Usually the light source is centered and lower in front of the subject. It provides stunning results for beauty photography.
Flat lighting illuminates the subject, however it doesn’t bring out depth nor detail.
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