To make Rembrandt lighting, begin right at the west edge of the window, and measure a line, running toward the center of the room and extending out just four feet. Place the chair at this point; place the camera about three feet further away from the window than the subject, running backward or forward to secure the size head desired. Draw the lower opaque curtain all the way up to the top of the lower sash, and the top opaque curtain down about six inches. Place the background about three feet in the rear of the subject. Now, have the subject face, first directly away from the light, and then begin to turn slowly toward the window, until the ear on the light side of the face is just hidden, when viewed from the rear of and over the camera. This will give a three-quarter view of the face. The high lights will be first on the forehead next to the window, second on the nose, third on the upper lip, fourth on the chin and fifth on the shadow cheek, this being a very soft halftone, and then catch lights in the eyes. If the shadows have not the detail in them, use the side reflector as directed in plain lighting, and if needed the head screen also. To make a profile, place everything as for three-quarter view, only move the camera away from the light until the profile is secured. If front view is wanted, move the camera nearer the window, until the view desired is obtained. The time of exposure will be about twice that of plain light.
Window Photography. Example of Rembrandt Lighting.