Rembrandt lighting is probably the number one go to lighting you should have in your mental tool kit. This lighting gets its name from the master painter that used it in almost every portrait he ever painted. It’s most noticeable attribute is the triangular light on the cheek on the shadow side. This lighting can be done broad side or short side as seen in the two examples. Short side simply means that the shadow is closest to the camera.
Just a little teaser from the how-to series.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas.