Different ways to set up light

Ever look at a professional photo and wonder why are they so good? Well the trick is all in how you set up the light. It is important to create a triangle of light between the camera, the flash, and the subject. The different angles you set up the light make all the difference. Here are the main lighting patterns:

  1. Split lighting (90°)
  2. Rembrandt (45°)
  3. Loop (25°)
  4. Butterfly (0°, but above the subject)
  5. Clamshell (like butterfly but the subject holds a reflector in their lap)

If you want more tips it is a good idea to check out The Digital School of Photography.

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Split Lighting

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Rembrandt

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Loop

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Clamshell