Daily Photo Phix: Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro, side light, low key light, portrait

An example of a chiaroscuro portrait

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


About Ed Spadoni

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One Response to Daily Photo Phix: Chiaroscuro

  1. Mark James says:

    I’m not sure I have any. Sounds like a project for the next week.

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