Hi-Key / Low-Key
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HI-KEY/LOW-KEY

A contrast between an object and its surrounding can either stress the importance with a high contrast or hide it via low contrast..

The following pictures shows bright (colored) objects in front of a dark (colored) background ("Low-Key" environment).
 

by Detlev Franz

Obviously this will also work the other way round as well - just place the quite dark main subject into a quite bright surrounding. Dark object in a "Hi-Key" environment.
 

by Michael Wagner

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