The Light vs.The Dark - Part I

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 11 Apr 2012

In my search for black and white images in the JPG community I find that I am confronted with an array of extraordinary work that exhibits many different tonal ranges and depths. For part one of this two-part blog entry, I have decided to focus on high key lighting. Key lighting is basically the use of elevated levels of black or white in a photograph to create a desired effect. In high key lighting, white dominates the image where as low key would focus more on black. Photographers may use high key lighting in portraiture for a serene and happy quality. Often used in advertising, the high key lighting effect produces a very clean and visually stunning image that appeals and sells to a mass audience. The images that follow are great examples of how high key light is used and how it can affect the feeling or the tone of an image.

always by Denise Supertramp

Frontside Flip Down a Triple Set by Chad Foreman

Surfers in Ameland by Benjamin Arthur

Chasing the sun by Ruslan (Uzi) Tumash

Fallen Angels by Lon Casler Bixby

geometric by sandrine andoulsi

Cheeky Girl by Gerhard Beck

coffee and cigarettes by Valentina Fontanella

paris by Adriana Bogdan

White on White by Vincent Demers

White by Jimena Agois


Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed the images in this first of a two-part post on key lighting in photography.  Please feel free to comment, critique, post your pictures and/or fellow JPG user images on high key lighting and the effect it has on you.

Can't wait to hear from you and see your shots!

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