Types of lighting technique – Top heavy lighting

As the name suggests top heavy lighting is when the key light is placed directly overhead the subject. The most common example would be when you are photographing someone standing under the mid-day sun. Top heavy lighting is to some extent similar to frontal lighting except in this case the source of light is at about 90 ᄚ. Top heavy lighting is not flattering, especially when you are using ambient light. However, the same technique can be replicated in a studio / controlled environment to give an image a darker sinister look.

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