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Creative Portrait Lighting

12 time-proven lighting techniques for making pro-quality portraits

3. One Light Is Nice Light

The previous portrait and this portrait were taken with one light. In the previous portrait, I placed a softbox so that most of her face was lit. In this portrait I positioned my light for what is called “split lighting;” that is, only one side of the subject’s face is lit. The moral of the story here is to experiment with the placement of your light or lights, and see which one you—and your subject—like the best. But in general, have the subject’s nose follow the light (point toward the main light source).

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