Classic Lighting for Boudoir Part 1

Photo by gré-Kelly Segré

Article by The Boudoir Place

There are some things that never go out of style, and it doesn’t matter if it is for boudoir photography or any other type of portrait photography.  Classic lighting techniques which were made famous by people like George Hurrell with his old Hollywood Glamour style.  These styles are still in use today by photographers who shoot fashion, fine art and portraits.

There are many different ways to get the same effect, some will just be a little softer than others.  The most classic of them all is called “Rembrandt” lighting.  The name Rembrandt comes from the famous painter because he was notorious for leaving a little triangle of light on the cheek of the shadowed side of the face in his portraits.

Photographers have since used this lighting technique over and over throughout the years.  It is a very simple set up for at home, in a studio or hotel room.  The key light is placed above the subject and at a 45 degree angle.  This will light one side of your subjects face while you can position your subject as needed to create the triangle on their cheek.  You can also use a reflector to bounce back some light if you feel the shadows are too harsh.

The triangle on the cheek should be no longer than the nose and no wider than the eye in traditional portraits, but when working with fashion or glamour posing there may be some variations that are a little larger or smaller, this is just when you have to use your own judgement as a photographer in determining what is right for you.

For different effects you can use bare bulb strobe lights, a soft box or a constant light.  The best thing to do is to experiment and find what you like best!  Full body or traditional portrait, this type of lighting can set the mood and help give your images that Old Hollywood feel!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa Bostick says:

    So this photo was intended to get the lighting capabilities. I understand now but I’m very intrigued on what color of those items that she wear. She looks so wild and hot which is really wonderful.

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