Seeing Monochrome

It's about a month since I first started the b/w project and I’m just as excited about continuing it for another week. During the month I’ve transformed my apartment into a small studio, moving around furniture (sorry downstairs neighbor!) and using natural lighting from my windows (I lost my hot-shoe mount). I’ve created a pinterest mood board  to help gather inspiration and have been pestering friends to model.

I’ve been exploring b/w classics such as portraits, textures, and nudes. At this point, I ask myself what else can I do? What other methods and techniques can I try to push the b/w photography boundaries?

In the past couple of days, I heard the words “low-key lighting” and “high-key lighting” thrown around. I have no idea what it means. I still don’t. I will google this.

Ok, back. According to Wikipedia, it’s a method to create strong contrasting effects. “Low-key lighting often uses only one key light, optionally controlled with a fill light or a simple reflector.” Here’s a basic setup according to this article:

 

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I didn't have a reflector nor a snoot (spotlight). Instead I had to MacGyver a snoot out of tape and paper (yes, it fell a few times but it got the job done!).

Here's my first attempt:

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