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Chiaroscuro Lighting

Chiaroscuro lighting is the use of stark and dramatic light set against a dark background. It is considered low key lighting as the overall effect and composition has more dark areas than light. The term also describes the art technique in showing/applying the contrast and it's transitions between the light and dark areas of some part of the main element of your image.

Here we are employing that technique with a "MODIFIED" Rembrandt set up. Rembrandt lighting, typically, is the key light illuminating the "short" side of the face while having the nose cast a shadow onto the broadside of the face and creating a "light" triangle illuminating the eye and a triangular area beneath it. The fill side can be another, lower brightness level, light or bounce card kicking light into the shadowed area of the broadside of the face. This image is the reverse of that and the MODIFICATION will be described in the steps bellow.

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Lauren
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Lauren
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Short Side/Broad Side
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Short Side/Broad Side
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Quality of Light Defined by Transition
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Quality of Light Defined by Transiti…
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Subject Positioning
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Subject Positioning
591 views
 
Spike Marks and Working Area
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Spike Marks and Working Area
531 views
 
Camera Placement
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Camera Placement
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Fresnel Studio Light
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Fresnel Studio Light
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Mole Richardson 2 Kw Studio Fresnel
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Mole Richardson 2 Kw Studio Fresnel
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Position the Key Light
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Position the Key Light
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Light Considerations
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Light Considerations
478 views
 
Diffusing Light Modifier
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Diffusing Light Modifier
440 views
 
Barn Door Consideration for Control
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Barn Door Consideration for Control
395 views
 
Barn Door Light Modifier
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Barn Door Light Modifier
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Shaped Flooded Beam
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Shaped Flooded Beam
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Black Wrap for Finer Control
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Black Wrap for Finer Control
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Light Shape Finalized, Fine Tune Position
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Light Shape Finalized, Fine Tune Pos…
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Rotate Head
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Rotate Head
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Triangle of Light Defines Rembrandt Style
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Triangle of Light Defines Rembrandt …
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Implied Boundry of Face in Shadow
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Implied Boundry of Face in Shadow
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Alternataive Application
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Alternataive Application
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Light + Shadow = Form
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Light + Shadow = Form
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