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What & Who is Rembrandt?

jawahar

September 4, 2019

What & Who is Rembrandt?

Rembrandt lighting is an interesting way to light your subject. It's a great exercise to try out! Challenge yourself with Rembrandt lighting and see what you can create!

Rembrandt lighting is a lighting technique for indoor Photoshoots. Rembrandt lighting is also known as window light. That is probably because it is the most cost-effective type as it can be done using just one light and a reflector. This type of lighting appeals most photographers because it gives a great shadow effect. This was named after a famous artist REMBRANDT- who was a Dutch painter. 

The lighting type became popular because of the dimension and depth in addition to the portraiture. That is what makes a photograph interesting and presenting a great picture while using Rembrandt lighting. The main aspect about this type of lighting is: The mood it creates.

The two most important things to consider for Rembrandt lighting are light and composition. These two aspects come to play with the subject placement, the light should be placed in a way that the light falls on one side of the face. To explain in simple terms, the light should be at 45° angle. So that a clear triangle is visible below the person’s eye. This type of lighting enhances a person’s features, which makes their expression clear and the overall mood of the photo is set. 

Rembrandt lighting is an interesting way to light your subject. The subject should be as close to the light source as possible. The closer to the subject the light is it creates a more dramatic effect for the picture. As the lighting is so dramatic, there is more chance of overexposing or underexposing. Keep that in mind while using this technique. Even if you feel this effect may be too dramatic for your taste, it’s still a great exercise to try out! Challenge yourself with Rembrandt lighting and see what you can create!