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5 Classic Lighting Positions for Portrait Photography

We get a lot of questions here at dPS headquarters about lighting subjects. Just today someone emailed asking the difference between Rembrandt Lighting and Split Lighting.

In the following video Jay P. Margan demonstrates 5 different types of lighting:

  • Rembrandt Light
  • Split Light
  • Broad Light
  • Butterfly Light
  • Loop Light

While Jay’s using some great studio gear in this video many of the principles will apply with different sources of light. Of course these are not the only ways to position lights – as mentioned in the video the way you light a subject will vary from person to person and these positions are more presented as ‘departure points’ from which you’ll create your own techniques.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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