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What is dramatic or dark & moody photography?

Updated: May 23, 2023

Nicole & Caleb's Wedding creative photo session at Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon,  New York, captured by photographer George Pompilio of Xclusive Events

Dramatic photography is a style of photography where the photographer utilizes shadows and contrast. When we increase the shadows and darken the background, it points emphasis on the subject. The subject becoming the focal point in the image is key, but we also want to add contrast around the subject to achieve that. Rembrandt is one of the most popular painters of all time. He is best known for his use of shadows on one side of the face. This type of lighting is known as Rembrandt lighting. Rembrandt lighting is considered to be one of the most flattering ways to light a subject. Dramatic photography is a style. If your into photos that are very bright, this style is simply not for you, but there are plenty of others to choose from.

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