Chiaroscuro, “in art is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human body.” Wikipedia
We would casually call this side lighting, or more specifically, low key lighting.
It was a February day, at 4:40 in the afternoon, and the winter sun was slipping away. We were getting ready to leave Provincetown on Cape Cod when I noticed the high contrast of the light and made this shot. This was taken with my Nikon D90 in aperture priority, f/8, 1/125 sec, 34mm focal length (51mm equivalent).
As the definition states, this type of lighting did result in a high contrast, 3-dimensional portrait, one that I really love.
Send us your examples of interesting portrait lighting for a follow up post, and thanks for visiting 2 Guys Photo. Posted by Ed