Light in the Dark

“Young Woman with a Water Pitcher” by Johannes Vermeer

My life and photography have been enriched by various photographers through the years. I am grateful for the advice and criticism they have given.  As I find myself in different settings and situations as a photographer I reflect upon their input and seek to incorporate techniques and tricks I have learned from them.

One of the most intriguing techniques I picked up is a lighting technique I call, “Light in the Dark”. It involves posing a subject near a window in a slightly darkened room. This causes the subject to be bathed in diffused natural light. I learned this little trick from my friend Matt Thomas, who picked it up from others before him.

Last year during a visit to the Metropolitan Art Museum, I discovered this technique has actually been passed down through the ages by artists from centuries ago. I was amazed to hear a teacher tell her students how Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675) used this same technique when painting, “Young Woman with a Water Pitcher”.

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