15 Atmospheric Low Key Photos


According to the Wikipedia definition of Low-key lighting is,

accentuates the contours of an object by throwing areas into shade while a fill light or reflector may illuminate the shadow areas to control contrast. The relative strength of key-to-fill, known as the lighting ratio, can be measured using a light meter. Low key lighting has a higher lighting ratio, e.g. 8:1, than high key lighting, which can approach 1:1.

Low-key lighting often requires a bit more thought to set up properly and execute and isn't as easy as some other forms of photography since most shots can't be done in ambient light.  I think it's one of the more challenging forms to learn and master but also one of the most rewarding.

Cokey Low-key

Photo by zetson

Hole to success..

Photo Seema K K

Hint of a glass

Photo by chriscom


Photo by .m for matthijs

Thai vagabond - the Thai fisherman treatment!

Photo by dæxus

Eyes - 47/365: B&W Portrait

Photo by Jer Kunz

Not the Fine Silver

Photo by gfpeck

Mike Mistry

Photo by JanneM

Late at night

Photo by MarcelGermain

Les Catacombes (low key skulls)

Photo by ^CiViLoN^

The Golden Egg

Photo by Michael Sharman

cap toe shoes

Photo by JonathanCohen/a>

Photo by malcolm garret
By Skitterphoto

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