I’ve written about Chiarascuro painting in the past. Caravaggio and Rembrandt are two of my favourite artists and were masters of the technique. In essence it means the contrast between light and dark areas of an image. I like to embrace the black areas and usually expose for the highlights, remember to check the Dynamic Range settings on your camera too. Leaving some ambiguity in an image can help to engage the viewer.

With digital photography you can really increase the Dynamic Range and use techniques like HDR to get detail from shadows in an image. But this can often lead to an ‘unreal’ look and detract from the power of an image. Use of shadow and highlight can be used to isolate a subject, or really highlight something with a shaft of sunlight or a reflection.

As always comments and questions are welcome. Images shot with the Fujifilm X system.

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