Light height is incredibly important. In this post, I want to talk about light being too low. The problem is when the light source is lower than eye level. The result is unflattering light. Portraits should be flattering... The negatives to a light being too low is:
It highlights the wrong things. A low light will highlights your subject's nostrils, the bottom side of her cheeks and her neck. No one has ever asked me to highlight these three parts of the face!
It creates shadows that aren't helpful. When the light is higher than eye level, it creates some helpful shadows under the eyebrows, under the cheekbones and on the neck. These shadows are flattering and actually improve someone's appearance.
We're not used to it. The sky is high. Lights are usually near the ceiling. We're simply used to lights behind higher - not lower. Because we're not used to it, when it happens, it's a little off-putting - unless you're telling ghost stories.