Best lighting for simple portraits

Started Dec 13, 2007 | Discussions thread
photolando Veteran Member • Posts: 3,008

Never heard that term before. Your technique is actually often referred to as "butterfly" lighting because of the shadow under the nose resembles that of a butterfly. Very popular with head and shoulder shots for actors and models. But not really used that often for fine portraiture since it is very generic. I don't mean that in a bad way but it's not the most flattering lighting and doesn't really add much drama to a nice portrait. I have used it for commercial and illustration purposes and on actors and models but not for my portrait work.

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