Low-Key Photography: How To Shoot Shadow Photography With Inexpensive Gear

Bill Sebald
Jan 31 · 12 min read
This shadowy image looks harder to photograph than it is.

What is low key photography?

“You Don’t Take A Picture, You Make It”

How To Take Low Key Photos

The Gear

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This image used two speedlights with these gels wrapped around the bulb end to create the colored shadow.
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Positioning Your Light

Flash Placement

What If You Don’t Have A Speedlight?

Low Key Photography In Daylight

Post Production Work

Here’s a larger view.

Some Considerations

Other Low Key Photography Examples

Further Examples


My first ever low-key photo!

Bill Sebald

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