Low key

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Low key oil painting

Low key as a term used in describing paintings or photographs is related to but not the same as low-key lighting in cinema or photography.[1] A photographic image, painting or movie can be defined as "low-key" if its dominant values are black, dark brown or dark blue.[2][3]

Some authors describe the term "low key" as the so-called Rembrandian light[4] while others describe how to obtain such photographs or paintings.[5]

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  1. ^ "What does it mean for a photograph to be "high key"?". Photography - Stack Exchange. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Toogood, James (2004). Incredible Light & Texture in Watercolor. North Light Books. p. 45. ISBN 1-58180-439-3.
  3. ^ Pastoureau, Michael (2008). Black: The History of a Color. Princeton University Press. p. 216. ISBN 978-0691139302.
  4. ^ Rice, Patrick (2006). Master guide for professional photographers. Buffalo, N.Y.: Amherst Media. p. 32. ISBN 978-1584281955.
  5. ^ Phillips, Norman (2004). Lighting techniques for low key portrait photography. Buffalo, N.Y.: Amherst Media. pp. 34–47. ISBN 978-1584281207.