The Weekend Photo Project: ‘composition – light & dark’


1. the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.
2. an effect of contrasted light and shadow.

have you read the tale of despereaux?

There’s a character named Chiaroscuro – he’s a rat and he was destined to follow the light.

Light and dark in photography has nothing to do with rats, but everything to do with how the strong contrasts between light and dark are used to add depth to a photo.  It’s an artistic concept has been around since the days of Caravaggio, although I can’t find who were the early adopters of this technique in the photography world.

If you’re like me and love black-and-white photography, then you’re going to have a ball with this weekend’s prompt.

And here’s a little reading on lighting and camera settings to help you get your best light and dark photo:

  1. Improving Your Chiaroscuro Portraits – 500px
  2. Chiaroscuro: In photography it’s the contrast between dark and light –
  3. The Complete Beginners Guide to Shooting Low Key – Tuts+
  4. A Black and White Photography Tip or Two to Enhance Your Images – Photography Tips and Resources
  5. Exploring with a Camera: Chiaroscuro – Kat Eye Studio
  6. Chiaroscuro: Emerging from shadows – Flickr Blog

i’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s light & dark photos this week

Here’s where you can share them –

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project – the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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