Glyn Dewis / Beauty, Portrait Photographer
Without question, one of my favorite (go to) lighting styles is what's commonly know as Rembrandt Lighting.
This style of lighting add light to one side of the subject's face leaving the other in shadow except for a triangular pattern of light on the cheek ...
Positioning the Light Source
To achieve this lighting pattern the light source needs to be positioned to the side and further forward of the subject (closer to Photographer) as opposed to being perfectly side-on. The reason for this is so that the light source can see past the subjects' nose and so add a little bit of light on the cheek and under the eye on the shadow side of the face.
In the lighting diagram opposite you can see the position of the light source in relation to the subject.
Here you can see a Behind the Scenes picture showing the I lighting set up and next to it the resulting photograph.
Note: To finesse the triangular pattern of Hght on the cheek, raise the light source and angle down towards the subject;just as you can see in the Behind the Scenes picture ...
Of course you can use whatever modifier you like but my preferred choice is an Octa Softbox
measuring approximately 135cm (SO").
Practice, Practice, Practice
I'm a BIG believer in the saying 'Practice makes Perfect' and a great way for you to do this if you're struggling to find willing volunteers is to use a polysyrene mannequin head placed on top of a light stand.
These are incredibly inexpensive and freely available on places such as ebay but prove an invaluable tool to help you perfect your lighting!
In the next tip sheet I'll show how you can use a simple, plain background behind your subject but then in post production mimic the look of an expensive bespoke canvas.