Look…you’re probably not going to win any awards for cinematic lighting when using the cross key lighting technique, but it can save your butt when you only have two lights to work with and you need to light two people.
Cross key lighting (AKA Back Cross Key Lighting) is a technique where you use each light as one subjects key light and the other subjects back light, simultaneously.
Cross key lighting is quite a low key lighting technique, with some dramatic shadows on the near side of the face. If positioned carefully, it can resemble Rembrandt lighting.
So to find out how this look is achieved, check out this weeks film lighting techniques lighting tutorial!
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