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Patterns of light
A lighting pattern is determined by the direction of light, which you learned about in lesson five, and is how the light and shadow come into play on the subject's face.
There are four common portrait lighting patterns used by photographers:
There are also two lighting styles: broad and short lighting, which can be applied along with most of the patterns.
In the notes that accompany this lesson, you'll find one lighting pattern covered on each page so you can print them out and take them as cheat sheets (only available if you have purchased the course)
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Lesson Notes and Exercises
- Lesson 7 Notes (9 pages) – Purchase Course to Access Notes
- Lesson 7 Exercises (1 exercise) – Purchase Course to Access Exercises
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