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Drew C 6:50am, 11 January 2009
it came to my attention some people aren't aware of many of the classic lighting styles, and instead of just wingin' it when you guys setup your lights (nothing wrong with that) sometimes it's nice to take inspiration from the tried and true. so... i'll post some of the setups i know with example results...

first off:
broad lighting:
the main light shines on the side closest to the camera



up next:
short lighting:
just the opposite, the main light shines on the side of the face away from the camera



then my least favorite but has it's place
flat lighting:
as simple as it gets really.



now we have...
split lighting:
take special care for none of the main light to spill onto the opposite side of the face...



and it's close relative...
rembrandt:
now we're paying attention to create a triangle of shadow on the opposite cheek



now we have..
Butterfly aka Paramount:
named for the shadow underneath the nose



and finally!
Clamshell:
butterfly's close cousin... although a fill light is placed almost symmetrically in a vertical fashion... one looking down, one looking up



now, i'm not claiming these are works of art... some of 'em dont even flatter a feminine face. but they're seen pretty often all over the place, and if you pay attention in movies or tv shows, you'll see 'em popping up. hope somebody learned something.

-drew
normal bit [deleted] 9 years ago
I really like the effect from the Paramount!
Do you think it would be a good candidate for shooting clothing on dress form or would there be to much shadow?
For my own personal use.
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Randall Cottrell Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Randall Cottrell (moderator) 9 years ago
thanks dood. that was cool. love the clamshell.

here's the "deezee"
blast that strobe into the wall behind you and make sure it reflects like a champ. helps if you have walls surrounding you closely on 3 sides
LightingSetup


example:
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N. Lindstrom Photo 9 years ago
Drew, that is awesome, and the diagrams are way easy for my small brain to understand. Thanks.
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maxcaven 9 years ago
Here's a great video to compliment what drew just made.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdcdWkc7xEI

It's snap factory's lighting series. And a long with the basic lighting setups it shows some glamor ones. It also talks about when certain lighting setups would be ideal, and where you commonly find these setups.
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HBRstudios Posted 9 years ago. Edited by HBRstudios (admin) 9 years ago
I like what they have put together on that, Max. Thanx for posting it.

And thanx, Drew, for posting these examples!
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Thank man, great info!
brandonransom 9 years ago
No offense Brian, but I think Drew just taught me more about lighting than I learned at the strobist meetup.

Thanks a ton, man.
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Drew C 9 years ago
something i wanted to add.. my intent wasn't to tell anybody they MUST conform to one of these styles (and there are more) just to show many of the traditional setups that've been around for a while. these weren't executed to any special standard. and i certainly wouldn't call 'em great portraits... but i've always been a believer that you have to know the rules before you can break 'em. and i break 'em all the time.
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
Well, Brandon, I would have been very offended, if this would have been a workshop where the goal was to actually teach the ins and outs of lighting, but it was only an introduction where I had hoped people would experiment and learn as they went. That is why I only gave examples of a quick multi-light set up and then let others guide the show (since it is a "strobist" meeting where, presumably people are interested in using different equipment.) Am I wrong here, or were people expecting more of a workshop instruction? If that is what you wanted, I apologize for not delivering.
brandonransom 9 years ago
No, the strobist meeting was great, and I felt like I was learning a lot while I was there, but realized this morning that I don't really remember a ton of it. Drew laid out the basics, and I comprehend and will remember, most likely.

I think I'm more just for book learnin' than I thought.
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
And that is also why I put up the thread of each light's effect with the diagrams -- hope that helps you out as well!
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JustinSinks 9 years ago
Great Drew, thanks for the prime examples.
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mb_wen 9 years ago
Those are awesome... cause yeah, my main problem is that I'm not really sure what i'm looking to do. Brian's setup was helpful show how to set everything up and positioning... but I haven't had enough exposure (no pun intended) to shots to know what is 'basic/classic'.
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