is an Italian term which means light-dark
and it has been used in art, cinematography and photography to stunning effect. In order to achieve it, something called Rembrandt Lighting
is used. Yeah, a reference to that guy from Holland. Here is how it is done, accompanied by some wonderful examples.
From the article:
In order to achieve the beautiful contrast between light and dark known as chiaroscuro, there is a method employed by photographers -Rembrandt Lighting. Here, with some beautiful examples, is how it is done.
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