Tuesday, 20 May 2014

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Rembrandt lighting- An easy option or smart option?
IIP gives you the right answer today!
Named after Rembrandt van Rijn who was known for creating clear & crisp portraits, Rembrandt lighting is one of the techniques which can be used efficiently in the photography studios. Typically used for the portrait photography, this technique is used to give high quality portrait photographs.

In this technique, half of the subject’s face is lit and the other half is covered in shadow. Rembrandt lighting is characterized by the triangular shape that is formed below the eye, in the shadowed portion of the subject’s face.

Setting it up
In comparison to other lighting setups, Rembrandt lighting is the simplest and fastest. The lighting effect can be achieved with the help of a single light source and a reflector. The key light source is placed in a manner where it illuminates one side of the person’s face and is placed at a 45 degree angle. Then a reflector is placed at half the height of the key light source, on the conflicting side.
Alternatively, a fill light can also be used to diffuse and soften the harsh shadow created on the other half of the face.
The characteristic triangular shape of light underneath the eye is created with the interaction of the main light source with the reflector. This creates an effect called chiaroscuro which leads to the formation of the geometric shape.

Getting it right
The key to this technique is getting the size & the position of the triangle right. It should be no longer than the nose and no wider than the eye.

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