In photography and cinematography the term “contrast” refers to the difference in brightness between the lit and shady areas of an image. In this respect, an image in high contrast has a high amount of alternating deep dark shadows and very brightly lit areas giving a rather restless or uneasy impression. See also chiaroscuro. Opposite of low contrast. A lighting style which is characterized by high contrast lighting is called low-key lighting« Back to Glossary Index
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