Rembrandt Lighting

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This weeks exercise was to shoot a portrait with Rembrandt lighting. It is called Rembrandt lighting because it mimics the lighting used in many of Rembrandts portraits. It is lighting that in principle comes from a 45 degree angle and slightly from above. It creates a characteristic upside down triangle underneath the eye on the unlit side of the face. The triangle shall not be wider than the eyebrow and not longer than the nose.

It is a good exercise and requires careful placing of model and light to get it just right. It doesn’t require more than one light source but it needs to be controlled. Eg. a softbox is preferable instead of a shoot through umbrella.

Also, do not use your nine year old daughter as a model. She will be annoyed, squirming and making faces. She will most likely not be able to sit still and follow directions. That is, if she is anything like mine.

Anyway, we did a try. I think my husband did better than me but he got to shoot the model first. She was bored long before I even started.

Rembrandt Lighting

The Assignments
The assignments are basically a very, very small study circle. The only participants, so far, are my husband and I. We take turns coming up with new photographic or post-production tasks to complete. There is approximately one new task per week. The purpose of these assignments is to practice and get better at photography and post-production work. It doesn't matter how much you know, you can always improve! Please go here for a list of the assignments .

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