Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Lo-Key)

Lo-key is the opposite of hi-key.  The absence of light and a play on dark tones defines the dramatic lo-key photograph.  Incorporate a good use of positive and negative values, and a narrative should unfold between your subject and the audience.  Here I photographed my subject in character as a Shaman.  He’s preparing for a ceremony with wild turkey heads using a large rusty cleaver in silhouette.  He painted himself a sooty black with a singular white stripe running from forehead down to chin.  There’s an aggressive, tense look as if he was suddenly interrupted within his sanctuary preparing for the ritual.

Location: SCCA Studios, Seattle, WA

Model: Matt Kuntz

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

70mm, 1/10 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100, tripod mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5