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Chapter 12. PHOTOREALISTIC COMPOSITING > HARMONIZING LIGHT AND SHADOW

HARMONIZING LIGHT AND SHADOW

Beautiful light is an inspiring element to work with, but often the quality of light isn't ideal, as seen in the original photograph by Lee Varis (figure 12.61). Not one to be satisfied with the initial capture, Lee transformed the low-contrast, backlit scene into a striking image (figure 12.62) using the technique Lee calls digital chiaroscuro, in reference to the Renaissance painters who used dramatic light and shadow contrast to add dimensionality to their work. Masters of chiaroscuro include Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, and Caravaggio.

Figure 12.61.

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