Now that you are taking your first portraits, I would like to share some things I see quite often with students setting up their lights for the first time and taking a portrait. I call it ‘cross lighting’. This is a common approach for photographers who have just started using lights. It is when one light is placed to one side of the subject and the second light is placed in the same position on the opposite side of the camera. This is called cross lighting because basically there are two key lights, one on each side of the camera. These lights are basically competing with each other as they both send key light that crosses each other. Essentially they both are creating highlights and shadows on the subject and the result is competing shadows and highlights and a very flat light quality.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.