There are however some basic lighting schemes, kind of a starting ground for new portraits.
Wouldn’t it be nice, though if you have a magic card that will show you what will be the final lighting of almost every lighting scheme? So, after reading Light, Science and Magic, watching the lighting tutorials from pro photo life and getting my share of the Strobist, I decided to create the Portrait Lighting Cheat Sheet. For each angle I took 8 pictures, in 45 degrees interval, so I have a full circle of lights covered. When ever you want to create a new lighting setup, you can refer to the card to see how each light will affect the overall subject lighting. Multiple Lights: You can use the Cheat sheet card to estimate what kind of light each new light will bring into the picture. You will probably want to set each light to a different power level, but you can use the card to get an idea of the area of the face that will be lit as well as the direction of light.
Yossi (yup, this is the guy on the card) and I decided to take on a photographic exercise to better understand how positioning the light on different locations will effect portraiture.

We used black muslin to remove any background distractions, and placed a chair in the middle of the room. I used a Bogen 001b light stand to mount a Canon 580Ex II flash with a cactus slave and started taking pictures.
Equipment used to create the card: Bogen 001b light stand, Canon 580Ex, Cactus Slave, My good old D70, Some old black muslin. This cheat sheet is really useful, I have sent your link to several students and it really help make lighting more understandable. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube.
Stefan Kohler is a conceptual photographer, specialized in mixing science, technology and photography. When he isn't waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. If you, like me, are using small strobes which have mo modeling light it is hard to predict what will be the outcome of each lighting array.

Of course, once you lay out the initial lighting you can change it, move it around and use modifiers to soften or restrict the light. The leftmost image is frontal, then moving counter clockwise, there are seven more pictures each moving 45 degrees. The card can tell you how each light will add light to the subject, emphasizing cheeks, noses and chins. Now, When ever you want to set up some lighting, you can refer to the cheat sheet, and decide where to place the lights. So use the card as a general reference, you will probably have to adjust a bit for every individual model.
Placing the light in the same level as the model, 90 degrees to the left will create edge lighting.

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