Side Lighting

Side lighting is the placement of the key light 90 degrees to the side of the subject, on either the right or left side. Side lighting emphasizes the texture of the subject. It also reveals the form and shape of the subject. In side lighting, one side of the subject is totally illuminated while the other side is totally dark. By nature, side lighting is high-contrast, hard lighting. See Figure 7.4.

Side lighting is also called hatchet lightingbcausc it divides or separates the face into two areas, the light zone and the dark zone. For the same reason, side lighting is also referred to as split-face lighting although very rarely. This type of lighting is best for faces that are broad or round. The side illumination minimizes the width of the face and avoids outlining the face's roundness. A side lighting setup is shown in Figure 7.5.

Side lighting is mainly used for its psychological impact and suggestion. If the right side of a subject is lighted as viewed from the camera's perspective, it implies that the subject is good natured. If the light is switched to the left, the subject is untrustworthy and malevolent.

Side lighting also causes one other anomaly. Since no face is perfectly symmetrical, creating high-contrast lighting can completely change the look of the subject. You can try this with an image manipulation program such as Adobe Photoshop. Scan in a picture of yourself or a friend and divide the images down the middle in the program, Save each file

separately and then open them individually to see the differences. Using side lighting can, and will, give your subject a totally different appearance.

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