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Dramatic lighting is emotionally powerful and can be bold, theatrical and evocative. The lights define the subject and craft a strong impression. It's important to take control of the lights and use them effectively to establish the mood. Dramatic lighting is often dark, using split or edge lighting to produce a sense of mystery that leaves a subtle or profound impact on the viewer. This two-part presentation features lectures and behind-the-scenes videos by Bobbi Lane to help you understand how to use the quality, direction, and depth of light to construct a persuasive and commanding image.
PART 1: One & Two Light Setups
The key to any successful portrait is to match the lighting with the concept of the photo. The first step is learning the lighting patterns: Split, Rembrandt, Loop and Butterfly using only one light. The second light can be used for hair light, background light, or edge lighting, giving more depth and dimension to the image. It's not necessary to have a lot of lights to fashion excellent photos, since there is so much potential with just a couple of lights. Part One concentrates on headshots, directing your subject and crafting the lighting techniques to describe the mood.