The theme for this month’s blog circle is Chiaroscuro lighting. Chiaroscuro lighting is a lighting technique that is probably one that many of us use all the time without thinking about it. Wikipedia tells us that is the use of 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 the use of contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects and figures.
I’ve always found that this kind of light is easiest to achieve with studio lighting. Studio lighting is much easier to manipulate than natural lighting so to stretch myself a little I wanted to see if I could so the same kind of thing with natural, window light. I decided to take my youngest into our attic room where there was strong directional light, I pulled the black out blinds down on all the other windows in the room so that I could get the contrast I needed. Having the light shining just a little on the wall behind means that the contrasting side doesn’t fade off into nothingness and brings just a little more three-dimensional modelling to the portrait. I achieved this by lining him up halfway across the light source so that there was some light spill behind him rather than a shadow cast by him.
Please follow on the circle to Lina of Lina Jarmond Photography who is an incredibly talented Raleigh Maternity and Newborn Photographer. I can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for use this month!
Don’t forget to continue on with the circle to Lina Jarmond! I love, love, love her work!