14 Nov classes in the studio – low key technique as a tool in visual communication
The increasingly popular technique of lighting (photography), consisting of placing a delicately illuminated element (person, object) on a perfectly black background. The low-key technique is designed to show the drama and the appropriate, mysterious mood in the picture. The photograph shows only a selected, illuminated part of a given object emerging from the darkness (black background).
When taking photos in the low-key technique, usually one light source is used placed sideways or behind the photographed object. This is to emphasize the contours of the object by placing the other areas in the shadow. The most important in this way of shooting is the proper distribution of light, a perfectly black background, and a slightly lit part of the main element of the photo (half of the face, eye, object outline, etc.)
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