How to Use Low Key Lighting to Get Dramatic Results

by Ram Ya August. 26, 2019 241 views

Low key lighting is the secret to dramatic and moody photos.

From rim light to hero light, we'll show you how to create drama & mood using low key lighting.

PB Article: Low key lighting

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Tsao T-F 3 weeks, 5 days ago
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Ram Ya Replied to Tsao T-F 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Beautiful series, Tsao! Which flash are you using?

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Tsao T-F Replied to Ram Ya 3 weeks, 5 days ago

I use the camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1) with a pancake lens (Panasonic LUMIX G X 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S. ) since 2013.
I use the flash located the left-upper corner of the camera itself.
I use a desk light to focus in a dark environment.
And shut down the light before shooting.grinning

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Ram Ya Replied to Tsao T-F 3 weeks, 4 days ago

That last step is key grinning

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Ewa Poplawska 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this link. I've tried low key portrait but with no good result. I always have problems with light spilling😩 I'll read it and practice and hopefully one day I'll get it right.

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Ram Ya Replied to Ewa Poplawska 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Hi Ewa,
Please let me know how it goes. I am sure after you try this you will be able to add a thing or two to the article! I would recommend you trying with natural light using a window first. Perhaps a smaller window would work best. And don't forget to lower the ISO to 100. Also, play with the Lightroom's shadow's slider to reduce ambient light?

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Ewa Poplawska Replied to Ram Ya 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Will do. Thanks for your advice. I'm in Poland right now till Friday. Gorgeous weather so hoping to get a few nice shots here

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Great info! Thanks, Ram!

ps....my participation, here on PB, will be very spotty, at best, from now through September, due to long a road trip, with little or no computer time.... I'll chime in, when I can....
Cheers!

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Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Hey Jay, Hope you are doing well. Wow, that's a long road trip! Where are you off to? Hope to see some photos from the trip :)

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 1 month, 3 weeks ago

All is well on my end! Hope all is well for U & Urz, as well!
Driving to Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, where my kids live, and then back home....
About 4.5 K miles, round trip....
I enjoy being out there!!!
I'm taking my camera & will get some shots, I'm sure!
Cheers!

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Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Have a safe journey, Jay. Take lots of pics :)

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Amigo!

Will do!

+1grinning+1

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