Split lighting is an offshoot of partial lighting technique. In this lighting technique the key light is placed at 90 ﾰ from the camera, directly facing one side of the subject. Such a lighting technique creates a properly illuminated one side and a shadow side. Split lighting is not a type of lighting that is suitable for all types of photography. It is used by portrait photographers for producing creative images where the shadow side of the face creates a stark contradiction to the illuminated side. Additionally, it should be noted that not all types of faces are suitable for split lighting. Ideally, when you are setting up the light notice whether the eye on the shadow side picks up the reflection of the light source. If it does then the face is suitable for split lighting.« Back to Glossary Index
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