Often the paintings of Dutch masters and Renaissance artists can stir the imagination over standard photographic portraits. By exploring some dramatic lighting strategies and concepts, we can recreate some timeless looks that not only turn heads but set you apart in the throng of photographers on the market. Learn how to approach images that make people ask, “Oh, I love the lighting here, how did you do it?” Dark and moody with dramatic impact is the goal, yet with a softer edge that can work well with styled shoots or timeless portraits. We will cover the thought process, position, strategy, and a few of my personal secrets that help turn a standard portrait into an heirloom work of art. We will also discuss some post-production tips that work hand-in-hand with this lighting strategy. Welcome to the dark & intimate side of portrait lighting.