January 2022

Shallow Depth of Field Portraits Using High-Speed Sync | Eli Infante

LIGHT PATTERNS

The two light patterns that I find best for my work are Rembrandt and butterfly light. To create Rembrandt light, position your light around 45 degrees to the subject. Try to aim for a triangle pattern of light on the shadow side of the subject. I love this look because it brings out the subject’s shape and gives the image a dramatic feel. My other go-to setup is butterfly lighting. This setup works best with a boom pole so that you can place the light angled down above the subject. What makes butterfly light great is that it looks flattering on most subjects and provides even light.

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