- Broad lighting is a portrait lighting pattern where the portion of the subject's face that is turned toward the camera is lit most brightly. This is the 'broad' side of the face - from camera position it is wider than the 'short' side of the face, the side that is turned away from the camera. Broad lighting is typically less flattering than short lighting as it widens the look of the face. However, it is useful for subjects whose faces are very narrow that would like the perception of a wider face.
Workshops Related to Broad Lighting Definition
The Complete Posing Workshop: Lightning Overview of Lighting for Portraiture
There is no wrong or right way to light a scene, unless of course you are going for a certain look.
Wedding Workshop Two | Photographing the Groom: Understanding How to Control Natural Light for Portraits
Try pulling your subject off of your background to send it into a blur and exclude strong shadows. Watch as…
Related Articles to Broad Lighting Definition
How To Use Shadows To Shape The Face & Avoid A Flat Portrait
How to avoid a flat portrait
Wedding Photography Posing Tips | How To Pose A Sitting Bride (Or Any Seated Subject)
You can have the best, most perfectly prepared subject with phenomenal hair, makeup and styling and have gorgeous light at…
The Key To Capturing Your ‘Good’ Side | Lighting 101
In this tutorial, we teach you the three primary subject positions in relation to key lighting. Learn how subtle changes in positioning can make big differences.
Studio Lighting Terms For Beginner Portrait Photographers | Lindsay Adler
In this short video clip, Lindsay explains some common studio lighting terms.