three-point lighting

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(n.) Also known as Rembrandt lighting, a common setup for lights in a video production or an animation scene. From the camera perspective, the key light is placed to the right, behind the camera, and is elevated at a distance. The second light is placed to the left, in a symmetrical relationship to the key light. Referred to as the fill, this second light is an omnidirectional or a point light at about half the intensity of the key. The third light is a back light, placed behind the subject and directly opposed to the fill light. A spotlight is generally used for the back light and has an intensity similar to that of the key light.