Today it’s gonna be a quick one about using Chiaroscuro in portraiture and photography in general. Being the italian word for light-dark describes a stylistic device with it roots in paintings of the late renaissance which consisted of intensive light and dark contrasts.
While it can very much be found in all sorts of paintings and photography I always found it to be very suiting to portraits since the strong contrasts can be a great way to separate your subject from the background and making it sort of ‘pop’. Often a black or dark background a little light falling on your subject is all you need to make a great portrait.
Just try it out for yourself, you will quickly see that your images gain a very stylistic approach!