Honestly though, I'll latch onto an idea of how to make a photo look groovy, and then stare blankly at my keyboard while trying to come up with what tutorials to search for.
Excuse me. I just ended my sentence with a preposition. For which tutorials to search? Whilst searching for with which the light hath come? With tutorials?
Besides, that's what big brothers are for. They know stuff. They look things up and buy things and have things. Mine happened to have a couple lights on hand, and I happened to stumble (very accidentally) across a term called "Low Key Lighting."
Picture a scary Hitchcock movie scene at night. Dramatic, contrasty, and very dark. Lovely, don't you think? That's low key. It's much more interesting than high key lighting which looks like a toothpaste commercial. Bright background, bright smiles, bright teeth.
I prefer the former, and tried a hand at duplicating the effect.
Her face is a bit too bright in this one. Too reminiscent of Colgate.
I love the above, however. The colors are muted just enough.
You're thoughts on my experiment? I'd love to hear a second opinion, considering mine is slightly biased.