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The ABC of Photography – Butterfly lighting

Butterfly lighting

A technique for lighting portraits achieved by pointing the flash down towards the front of the face and creating a distinctive butterfly-shaped shadow under the nose. A reflector is used to soften the shadow. This technique is also known as ‘Paramount lighting’ after the movie studio’s glamorous portraits from the 1930s.

Sources:  Pixabay, Wikipedia, Susan Wingfield Lamar High School


 

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