Firstly, here is our subject (The Heavy) without
any lighting at all in our scene:
Most of us can agree that this looks pretty bad. It's dull, and our subject camouflages in with the background. The first step to making our subject look a lot better is to add our Key Light
The Key Light
servers as the primary light source
for the pose, marking out our subject. It's a rather intense light, which is pointed directly at the subject. If you want it to be colored, use lighter and more saturated colors to keep the theme of an image/scene.
However, if we only use the Key Light, there can be dark looking areas
on our subject. This is where the Fill Light
comes in. It's purpose is to be able to fill in the shadows that are created by the Key Light, while allowing the Key Light to be the primary light source. It is best to place the Fill Light at an angle that is opposite to the Key Light. Lets add our Fill Light
Now there is one last thing for us to add to make this complete. Even though we have neat looking lighting, nothing makes it really stand out
from the background. This is where our Back Light
comes in. It's just a simple light above and behind our subject which gives them a little bit more of a "shine"
. This will make our subject stand out from the subject without being too in your face. Lets add one:
The Back Light gives a small, almost noticeable shine to the back part of the subject, but if you look carefully, it is noticeable!