In Search of Chiaroscuro
By John Linton
5 Jan 2014
The term chiaroscuro has been around since the days of the Renaissance painters and it's made its way into the world of photography. The word comes from Italian and means: light/dark. Its art connection relates to the contrasts between dark and light. While mostly reserved for strong contrasts, it also relates to the play of dark upon light or visa versa to create three dimensionality in two dimensional art forms. Photographically, it can be applied to landscapes, portraiture, black and white, interiors, architecture, motion pictures and more. Study the low light scenes in cinematography and it abounds.
Source: Chiaroscuro: In photography it's the contrasts between dark and light by Russ Burden