"Art lies in the continual struggle to come near to the sensory side of objects." - Francis Bacon
Well, we aren't really going to be taking to the road today, but I am proposing we get a little low key ...with our lighting that is.
Not only is the light necessary for us to capture images in our cameras, but when we use only one light source as opposed to all three ( key, fill and back light ) we get, or create a specific style of photography called low-key lighting.
Now admittedly, last year one of my prompts for a link-up was low-key lighting and I had no clue what it was . . . so google was my friend. I've been practicing, mostly on flowers, ever since, learning more and more to read not just the light but its quality.
To recap our three points of light, we have key, fill and back light. Today we are mostly concerned with the key light, the most intense, and whose purpose is creating sharp shadows.
We want to keep our ratio of key light to fill light high, which is what gives us that high contrast and strong black shadows. But, we are going to have to underexpose our images by about 4 stops. To do that we need to shoot in manual mode and ignore what it tells us is a correct exposure. The ISO should be at 100 or as low as possible in order to keep it dark and free of noise. Then depending on what lens you are using, choose either your speed or aperture and underexpose by about 2 stops to start with and experiment until you get good contrast without too dark of an image. (but you won't want to go past 4 stops probably before it gets too dark)
These were all taken on my front porch in direct sunlight, in the early morning. I would just move my subject around until I found the best position and light (with shadows) that I liked. And because of the position of the light (sun) in the early morning I was able to get my background black with my exposure without a backdrop. You will have to find a spot that works for you, in fact you can even do it indoors using artificial light, or even a light box, which is still something I have yet to try.
Remember, in photography lighting is a combination of art and science, and well, a lot of experimentation!
So, I hope you've been a little inspired to try some low-key lighting and will share it with us in our flickr group. I can't wait to see what you come up with!! Let's create some drama . . .