Elja Trum

Glyn Dewis: How to do cross lighting

thursday 8 june 2017, 16:32 by | 443 views | 0 comments

Using cross lighting is a great technique to create beautifully lit portraits. Using this technique you light one side of the face completely and just a touch of the other side.

In this video photographer Glyn Dewis shows you how to position your lights in an easy way.


Rembrandt lighting (also mentioned in the video) is the same lighting, but with Rembrandt lighting you light your subject from a higher position. That creates the famous Rembrandt look in your image. Worth a try.

Personally I love this kind of lighting in my portraits and I use it often. It really adds depth to your portraits and it is overall a very flattering light.

Elja Trum

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Elja has a passion for portrait photography. He is the author of a book on black and white photography and owner of Photofacts.nl, the largest Dutch blog about photography. You can follow him and his work on Instagram.

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