The Main Light
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Outdoors the brightest source of light is usually the sun. In the studio, the sun's role is filled by the main light. Like the sun it's the brightest source of light and casts the darkest shadows.
Like the sun, the main light is often positioned above and slightly to the side of the subject. Placing the light above the subject creates light on the subject that is familiar, as are the shadows it creates.
Here the main light is set to the left, above, and right of the subject.