This is the one we get a bit art schooly on you about. Rembrandt-ish Pretty Light is a rare beast, but it's a beautiful one and easier to spot once you're aware of it.
Rembrandt was a famous art dude that used lots of directional light in his paintings. The light only hits a portion of the frame, which draws your eye right to the subject. For example, there's lot's going on in that top left painting, but your eye is drawn straight to that guy in yellow, bathed in that Pretty Rembrandt-ish Light. It's also amazing for accentuating the shapes and giving lots of dimension to the subject.
It's the kind of light you get when there is only light coming from one light source, into a darkish space. It has a certain timeless quality to it, which makes the image look like it could come from any era. The photo below is one of our favourite examples of this in action.
The bean shelling photo was metered for Ro (Kate's hairy dude) around his cheek, between the dark and the light area. if Kate had metered for the lightest spot on his cheek the photo would have been too dark, and if she had metered for the dark area it would have been a more typical backlight photo, with all of the subject lit more brightly.
The way that light is coming into this photo, just hitting a part of the quinces, and the meat and boards gives the photo so much more dimension than if there was another light source flattening everything out. It has such a wintery calming feel about it. This photo was metered for the green part of the quinces where you can see the light falling on them.
The photo of Peta on the couch is good to show you, because you can actually see the light source coming in up the top right of the frame. The light is filtered by a filmy window (the one time having dirty windows goes in your favour!) the way it is hitting the texture of the couch makes it look so cozy and inviting. This one was metered on Peta's fringe, again between the dark and light bits
Neither of us are huge fans of using artificial lighting in photos, but the one time we reckon you can get away with it, is when you are using lamp light to create a Rembrandtish scene. It has a really nice still feel to it. In this one Kate metered on the pillow on the seat.
Another lamp lit scene, we don't want to get too into composition in the light section, but note now sometimes you don't have to fill up the frame with the subject, all that negative space shows how tiny Pepper is, reading her bedtime story. Again this was metered between the light and dark bit on her cheek.
One last Pretty Rrembrandt-ish Light example to end on. it's great for making a everyday subject interesting, and especially good for lighting food. This one was metered off that middle egg.
This is a bit of a tricky one, so if you do struggle with it, don't panic! Keep your eyes peeled for some pretty rembrandtish light, and if you catch some give yourself a big pat on the back!