Chiaroscuro+Amorsoloesque Photo Editing Techniques


This photo of a little girl in tutu used the treatments Chiaroscuro and Amorsoloesque.

I did a bit of photo processing tonight mixing the Chiaroscuro and Amorsoloesque techniques I recently learned from attending the workshop of Maricris Fabi Carlos.

The Chiaroscuro in art is the employment of “strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.”

As a technical term, it is used by “artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human body.”

I’m not sure I understand that fully, but anyway, I love the outcome of this photo I edited a while ago. Further, Google-d (hahaha!) writings about it say “similar effects in the lighting of cinema and photography are also often called Chiaroscuro.”

In a recent blog, I already explained about Amorsoloesque, a technique I love because of the painting appearance that comes out of my photos after I have edited them. Below is the sample of that — a photo of two little girls in tutu get ups shot in a park in Las Piñas, Manila last April 28.


Going back to Chiaroscuro, it is said to have “originated in the Renaissance period as a drawing on colored paper” where the artist worked from the paper’s base tone towards light using white gouache, and towards dark using ink, bodycolour or watercolour.”

“These in turn drew on traditions in illuminated manuscripts, going back to late Roman Imperial manuscripts on purple-dyed vellum. Such works used to be called “chiaroscuro drawings”, but are more often described in modern museum terminology by such formulae as “pen on prepared paper, heightened with white bodycolour”. Chiaroscuro woodcuts began as imitations of this technique. When discussing Italian art, the term is sometimes used to mean painted images in monochrome or two colours, more generally known in English by the French equivalent, grisaille. The term early broadened in meaning to cover all strong contrasts in illumination between light and dark areas in art, which is now the primary meaning.

Read more here

I’m just practicing and practicing so I won’t forget the workflow we were given after the workshop. Mixing both takes a long time, but that’s all right because if you followed the workflow correctly, you can really come out with good edited photos 😉

10 thoughts on “Chiaroscuro+Amorsoloesque Photo Editing Techniques

  1. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful photos, truly lovely love the chiaroscuro effect I have been studying it in my art, (shame its so hard to spell) but you are truly a wonderful photographer!! Just wow!! 😀


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