crosslighting

crosslighting

Lighting an object from two opposite sides.
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Using many examples throughout, he moves through each decade chronologically, discussing the techniques of skylight and window lighting, various types of shadows, crosslighting, tonal mergers, strong backlighting, flare, mixing under and over-exposure, hard light and deep shadows, action portraits, classic pinup photography, mixing hard and soft light sources, street-style lighting, colored gels, and tight headshots.
This phenomenon, known as crosslighting, is the optical equivalent of noise or crosstalk.
Crosslighting is used to soften shadows, and entails using two or more fixtures from different angles.