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Rembrandt Lighting 2

Tutorial with Oliver Rausch

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Oliver Rausch is back with Part 2 of Rembrandt Light. Whereas in the first part we examined the placement of the lamp, in the second part  we examine the quality of the light and how to extend it.

With a quick recap of part one we jump right in to defining the problem. How to lighten the dark side without losing the form we established in placing the lamp? So does size matter? Once the light has been enlarged a check to see how, if at all the size changed the result. With this now behind us; the placement,size and form of the light we can finally address how we can lighten the dark side. Here is where the Oxen Guideline comes into play.

Oliver first defines what this hypothetical guideline is by relating the ring in the nose of the mdoel to the direction of the camera lens. It is then how, by using this line we can then effectively lighten the dark side. The simple rules of extending the light and the Oxen Guideline are fully exploited to achieve the best possible result. And once the rules are established and the best possible result is achieved.., Oliver shows us how to break them and why.

A good follow up to getting the maximum out of the classic Rembrandt lighting. Don't miss it!


Fill from the light side

There might be something lost in translation regarding the "Oxen Guideline". I can find no other information by that name other than guidelines to raising an ox! If anyone has any references to English language terminology or articles for using "fill from the light side of camera" it would be most appreciated. It makes so much sense for preserving form through shadow(plasticity as described in the video translation) I recall once a Director of Photography explaining the concept to the grips on set but had forgotten all about it, reverting to using bounce only from the opposite of the camera.