Loop lighting is a very common style of portrait lighting that is seen very often in portrait photography. In fact, if you’ve spent much time at all shooting in a studio, you’ve probably employed loop lighting without specifically trying to. Looking through my own archive of portraits, I found I have quite a lot of loop lighting examples where that wasn’t a specific goal. Since this type of lighting can be flattering and also adds some drama, thanks to the shading it creates, it’s no wonder that loop lighting appears in a lot of portrait shots.

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