It's Week #20: High Key

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What is a “high key” photo you ask? Simply put, it’s an image that has a lot more white than black. This great technique usually gives you a more upbeat mood or a dreamy feel to your photographs.
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 Tips and Tuts:

  • Overexpose! Go crazy! Abstract overexposed photos can have a great surrealist look. Once your shutter speed is a bit loosy goosy, you may want to go for an Eva Polak-esque impressionist look, or a ghostly effect.
  • Shooting in Auto? Use Exposure Compensation! You will keep your camera doing all the work, but you can raise overall exposure. 
  • Use a white background. If you are going for a portrait shot, a white backdrop will get you most of the way there. Amp up your lighting on your subject, and you’ll be in high key territory in no-time. Check our Markus’ high key photo from a few weeks ago.
  • Use natural light. You don’t have to get fancy to get a high key. Like in Julie’s photo above you can use a window light, or natural light from the sun, to light your subject.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out this tut, and as always, check The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

 Extra Credit: Studio Portrait!

For some extra credit joojoo, try setting up a studio portrait! A studio portrait gives you total control over your subject and lighting, without having to deal with pesky outside factors! Not sure how to go about setting up a studio shot? Check out these helpful tips!

And of course, check out the Googles for some more inspiration. 

Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!


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