Low Key Lighting – Part 2

I really interested on how to make photo with low key lighting technique. Whether used in still life object or portrait.

The concept is to make photo with some mood or make a dramatic scene using predominantly dark tone. As you can read at my previous article. To shot with this technique you should make main object in the right exposure while background or the surrounding areas under exposure. So that we don’t need to use low speed. The key is not just produce dark image but used lighting selectively so that only the specific part of the object illuminated. We can use flash, lamp or flashlight as a key light, fill light or backlight for illumination. The trick is on how you manipulating the lighting and positioning your object so that the light fall on the right spot to create the mood that you want.

Using desk lamp:

CameraNikon D90
Exposure0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperturef/2.8
Focal Length50 mm
Focal Length50.4 mm
Exposure Bias0 EV
FlashNo Flash

 

 

Using flash

 

CameraNikon D90
Exposure0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperturef/5.6
Focal Length50 mm
Focal Length50.4 mm
Exposure Bias0 EV
FlashNo Flash

 

 

 

Using natural light :

CameraNikon D90
Exposure0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperturef/3.2
Focal Length50 mm
Focal Length50.4 mm
Exposure Bias0 EV
FlashNo Flash

 

 

In Portrait, this technique will emphasize people character. You can produce sentimental look and a bit mellow like picture above. There’s something about the mood and drama that is created using this kind of lighting technique. Combine between creative and dramatic posing, then you’ll get the power of the image that will last forever.

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