I'm learning lighting now and was curious how this pictures was made, maybe someone have idea what kind of light scheme used here enter image description here

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To me they both look like classic low-key setups.

The upper image has a two light setup with a low-intensity key that's basically white behind the subjects and quite low (probably a luminous poly based on the implied area) and a lower-level blue-shifted rimlight to the high right, also behind the subjects (as most rim lights are). There may also be a secondary key source down near the main white key, but a bit closer to the subjects and more upwardly-pointed that is significantly red, but it's unclear - that colour-cast may be coming from subsurface scatter from part of the subject geometry.

The lower image looks like a single luminous poly light source that's quite large, off to the image left and in front of the subject but not by a lot. The subject's surface is very smooth in terms of topology, and the texture looks like a satin or matte finish of some kind, but with little or no subsurface scatter.

You really should look up "low-key lighting" in photography fora, especially those which cater to beginners and those interested in portraiture - most good render lighting is directly imitative of (or deeply influenced by) traditional photographic lighting techniques and concepts.

Hope that helps.

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    Gerard, Thanks a lot for this great answer! You really helped me Jun 9, 2019 at 13:36
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