25 Dark & Atmospheric Examples of Low Key Photography

Yesterday we took a look at High Key Photography, so today lets do the opposite and look at Low Key Photography.

Low-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography, film or television. It is a necessary element in creating a chiaroscuro effect. Traditional photographic lighting, three-point lighting uses a key light, a fill light, and a back light for illumination. Low-key lighting often uses only one key light, optionally controlled with a fill light or a simple reflector. Low key light 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.

Here is 25 great examples of low-key photography …

A Portrait in Darkness

A Portrait in Darkness by seanmcgrath

Eyes – 47/365: B&W Portrait

Eyes – 47/365: B&W Portrait by Jer Kunz

Hole to success..

Hole to success.. by Seema K K


Prisoned-Frame-20fh** by ANDY LEDDY


shisha by Zavarykin Sergey

Cover me with the endless night

Cover me with the endless night by Brandon Doran

FIGHT! 50/366 (Canon/Nikon)

FIGHT! 50/366 (Canon/Nikon) by Skley


20090329-40D-7018-2b by orangeacid

Blowin’ Smoke

Blowin’ Smoke by JOE-3PO

The Other Side

The Other Side by MeckiMac

Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples by ~Urban Prowler~ (www.anshumm.com)


Moonlight by Photo Extremist

Thai vagabond – the Thai fisherman treatment!

Thai vagabond – the Thai fisherman treatment! by dæxus

sad force

sad force by extranoise

La ragazza di Praga, ritratto 3 – Prague Girl, portrait 3

La ragazza di Praga, ritratto 3 – Prague Girl, portrait 3 by Paolo Neoz

Tronies #10

Tronies #10 by ammgramm

Time for a puff!

Time for a puff! by Seema K K

Les Catacombes (low key skulls)

Les Catacombes (low key skulls) by ^CiViLoN^

“Contre-Jour Amour”

“Contre-Jour Amour” by zetson

Psycho Boy

Psycho Boy by Kr. B.

Earth Hour / Hora do Planeta

Earth Hour / Hora do Planeta by Luciano Joaquim

Eros Galicia – El grito- Scream

Eros Galicia – El grito- Scream by Dani_vr

Mike Mistry

Mike Mistry by JanneM

The Hague Jazz 2011 – Joe Sample Trio

The Hague Jazz 2011 – Joe Sample Trio by Haags Uitburo

the Dark Side #9700-3

the Dark Side #9700-3 by florbelas fotographix

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