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ENHANCING DEPTH & DIMENSION

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EXPLORING THE USE OF LIGHT

It’s best to use a single light source to light the head for portraiture. The position of the light source should ideally be above and slightly to the front left or right of your model. This lighting setup, called “three-quarter lighting,” produces light and shadow not only from top to bottom, but also from side to side on the model’s head, a crucial factor in creating the illusion of three-dimensionality. If all the planes are equally lit, the head appears flat.

Note that all of the lighting configurations can be used to enhance any pose.

Three-Quarter Lighting

In three-quarter lighting, ...

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