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Rembrandt Lighting

ˈrɛmˌbrænt ˈlaɪtɪŋ
Term: Rembrandt Lighting
Description: Rembrandt lighting is one of five common key light patterns. The standout characteristic of this lighting pattern is that it leaves one side of the face primarily in shadow with the exception of the cheek bone and eye.

The light comes from above at an angle to the face that creates a triangle-shaped light over the opposite cheek and eye. Rembrandt Lighting creates more shadow than loop lighting, but less shadow than split lighting.
This visually interesting lighting pattern is named after the painter Rembrandt who’d frequently use this lighting pattern for his portraiture. This lighting style is a favorite among portrait photographers.

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