How to achieve this "high key" out door effect

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How to achieve this "high key" out door effect
Apr 24, 2013

Check out the photos of mother and daughter at the bottom of this photographer's blog page:  A friend of mine insists that this sort of shot can only be achieved via layers in Photoshop.  I've only got Lightroom 4 and Elements 11.

The best I can come up with to emulate this shot is this:

I ended up over-exposing the shot by at least 2 or 3 stops, and then bringing up the exposure/shadows in Elements 11 and increasing contrast.  But this doesn't really achieve the overall light effect I'm going for.  Indeed, if anything the subject looks a tad underexposed.  In Michael Kormos' photos, the subject and the blown out background seem to be more uniformly exposed.

Is this a look that I need Photoshop to achieve, or is there a technique straight out of the camera that I need to understand to achieve this?  Any ideas?  Thanks!


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