Chiaroscuro is a term that people don’t always hear, but see in many paintings, movies, and photographs. What exactly is it? Feed your curiosity and take a look at some interesting photos from the community depicting this technique.
Chiaroscuro, by strict definition, is a form of art exhibiting prominent contrasts between light and dark, which creates an impression of three dimensional form and significantly affects the entire composition. Through the years, artists have used this technique to create striking paintings (Caravaggio’s work from the Baroque period/art movement are good examples), photos (most especially portraits), and movies (noir films being the best examples).
In essence, chiaroscuro is an effective visual style that lets one play with light and shadows for unique and compelling photos. It is best achieved with natural or ambient lighting, although it is also often done in studio portraits using the Rembrandt Lighting technique.
If you feel like you’re in a slump with your photography, let our very own Lomographers inspire you to play with light and shadows with their impressive examples of chiaroscuro!
The paintings of Rembrandt van Rijn and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio are known for their mastery of brightness and contrast in portraiture or scenery. Their influence on the visual arts has extended even to photography. In this capsule lesson, we tackle the principle of chiaroscuro, a technique used by the Renaissance artists to master light and shadow.
Colors may be amped to look unreal, like nothing of this world. Shots may be doubled, cross-processed, post-processed, mixed up into collages. The possibilities are infinite, yet some photographers still prefer black and white. Even in 2016, it is an ode to classic values of precision and balance. Light and shadow must be one pleasing dance. And just like in a well-choreographed piece, forms are obvious or playing coy. It all depends on how you're looking.
It's no secret that the community is a treasure trove of film photography tips and techniques. And this artistic atmosphere is what exactly piqued Kellie Leming's interest. In this interview, our newcomer of the week from Nashville, Tennesse opens up about how the music community in her hometown inspires her to be positive and creative and what shooting on film means to her.
I have always loved the idea of seeing my photos on stone and other natural materials. So, a few months ago, I began googling how it could be done. This is how I discovered (and fell in love with) liquid emulsion. Liquid emulsion is photographic emulsion which you can melt down and paint on any surface. You can then expose an image and develop it using traditional darkroom chemicals. In this article, I would like to explain the process a little, so that if you are also interested in giving this fun process a go, you can!
Aside from browsing through beautiful photographs and reading interesting articles, hanging out in the shoutbox is another worthwhile activity to do in the community. Not only will you get updated on the the latest news about photography but you’ll also have a chance to share ideas, tips, and stories with fellow shutterbugs across the globe. The shoutbox is always brimming with entertaining conversation and it's all because of these lomographers.
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We're being as mysterious as the Cosmos about our new out-of-this world product, constantly orbiting around our big reveal. But the eclipse will pass and soon the stars will align. Until then, there must be some questions floating around in the universe, right? Well, there's no need to look to the stars to find your answer! Stay on Lomography's wavelength as we kick into hyperdrive. Let your imagination skyrocket and see if you can decipher our otherworldly clues!
They often say fashion is a way of expressing yourself and your personality. Fashion photographers are the ones who capture the magic of those who wear the clothes. We had a pleasure of talking to Mathilda Bernmark whose photographs we absolutely adore.
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