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Low Key Portrait Masterclass

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Course Details

Chiaroscuro lighting is a term that is more commonly applied to Renaissance and Baroque paintings. The style was used to introduce a sense of realism into portraits, by using the contrasts between light and dark tones to create a sense of depth. More recently, it is a technique that has found its way into the world of portrait photography.

Low-key lighting deals with the contrasts between light and dark areas. It’s an expressive way of lighting your subject. It’s a look that we are used to seeing in classic film noir gangster movies, and is therefore seen as very cinematic. 

Low-key lighting is a method that demonstrates the idea of ‘sculpting with light’ perfectly. ‘When you work with low-key lighting, you really begin to appreciate how you can use light to emphasise the depth of a subject. A photograph is a two-dimensional medium, but using light can help us create the illusion of three dimensions.

In this practical workshop you will learn how to use the correct lighting methods to sculpt the light perfectly illuminating your subjects in low key. We will utilise different modifiers including barn doors, snoots, reflectors, and Flags. 

Working with a Professional Model with amazing bone structure and facial expression, this course is a must for all those enthusiastic portrait photographers who want to improve their low key lighting technique and capture amazing shots for their portfolios.

‘In one word “Inspiring’’, would recommend this course to any portrait photographer wanting to improve their craft.’ - Dorothy

‘Excellent photography workshop! We went through 8 different light set ups starting with a single light source and ending up with two light sources with the tightest control of the light. There was a lot to take in and was very happy with the photos I took.' - Adrian


Rory Lewis

Rory Lewis

Rory Lewis was Born in Chester, and developed an interest in photography while studying at University. 

Originally Rory attended medical school at Cambridge, realising medicine wasn’t for him; he changed direction and studied history at Kings College London. While at Kings Rory Studied a course in Film History and begin to develop a passion for photography and cinematography.

In 2007 Rory started his own photography studio, developing his skills and working with clients both locally and nationally.

Rory is available for one to one sessions in Manchester and London. Please visit our one to one tuition page for more info on how to arrange a one to one session.

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