While high key images are created by bright, light tones and whites, low key photographs feature the opposite. Relying on shadows, deep blacks and dark tones, they contain very few mid-tones and whites, and as a result, are mysterious, dramatic, and even ominous in their mood. A small light source such as a lamp, flashlight, or candle along with a dark or black background are the simplest way to create a low key effect. You can also shoot at night with street lamps or car headlights as a main light source, making sure to keep the light off of your dark backdrop and on your subject. The dark tones and strong shadows inevitably direct the viewer's attention to the subject, creatively and with drama.
Please visit Who We Become which is our year-long collaborative blog project dedicated to composition and artistry. The gallery mosaic is a beautiful way to see all of our images in one place. Please click on the individual images to see a larger version on the artist's website and, in some cases, a series of related images.