High Key - Low Key Firestorm and Marla's picture..

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stimmer
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High Key - Low Key Firestorm and Marla's picture..
May 24, 2012

First of all, Marla, bravo on the wedding picture. The point of photography sometimes is to get people talking and you succeeded on a lot of levels. So in my opinion it was truly a successful picture. Technically perfect or not(which most classic pictures are not technically perfect), it told a story and got people talking.

Many years ago when I was getting into photography I frequented the Lighting forum as my 'goto' forum to learn and pick up tips on photography. Over on that forum it's much less gear oriented and more lighting and technique oriented. I really learned a lot and grew over there.

One of the first things I wanted to learn how to do was to create some of the spectacular portraits I had seen with a clean white background and my subject wonderfully lit. More difficult than I thought because of the lighting control and amount of lights you need but it was a fun learning experience.

One of the distinctions I learned over in that forum was the difference between 'Hot White' backgrounds and 'High Key' photography. Hot White background photography is where the background is completely blown out but the subject is well exposed. This is similar to what Louis posted of his wife. 'High Key' photography is really defined as many parts of the photograph including your subject are blown out on purpose, with certain elements exposed correctly for impact.

I think by my definition(and opinions definitely varty), Marla's picture was not quite 'High Key' but somewhere in between well exposed and 'High Key', but closer to well exposed.

Here's a few links to some 'High Key' pictures, at least the way I leared it and interpreted it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalphoto/470582284/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/babs4180/3713931188/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zemotion/1875004626/

Marla, in closing this essay I will say it is definitely a much rougher crowd here than over in the lighting forum. Both ways in that the criticism comes hard and fast and people are also thin skinned over here as well. We're all thin skinned when it comes down to it, myself included. I say don't let criticism bother you though. Just keep doing what you do, and cherry pick advice when it benefits you and don't worry about the rest. It's really the best way to grow as a photographer.

Even Tedolf probably means well. He's just blunt like my grandmother used to be.

Here's one more half azzed attempt at high keying your pic. I like yours better but I tried one of the tutorials on high key in lightroom on this.(admittedly too far on the high key)

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stimmer wrote:

First of all, Marla, bravo on the wedding picture. The point of photography sometimes is to get people talking and you succeeded on a lot of levels. So in my opinion it was truly a successful picture. Technically perfect or not(which most classic pictures are not technically perfect), it told a story and got people talking.

Many years ago when I was getting into photography I frequented the Lighting forum as my 'goto' forum to learn and pick up tips on photography. Over on that forum it's much less gear oriented and more lighting and technique oriented. I really learned a lot and grew over there.

One of the first things I wanted to learn how to do was to create some of the spectacular portraits I had seen with a clean white background and my subject wonderfully lit. More difficult than I thought because of the lighting control and amount of lights you need but it was a fun learning experience.

One of the distinctions I learned over in that forum was the difference between 'Hot White' backgrounds and 'High Key' photography. Hot White background photography is where the background is completely blown out but the subject is well exposed. This is similar to what Louis posted of his wife. 'High Key' photography is really defined as many parts of the photograph including your subject are blown out on purpose, with certain elements exposed correctly for impact.

that is my understanding of "high key" as well.

I think by my definition(and opinions definitely varty), Marla's picture was not quite 'High Key' but somewhere in between well exposed and 'High Key', but closer to well exposed.

Here's a few links to some 'High Key' pictures, at least the way I leared it and interpreted it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalphoto/470582284/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/babs4180/3713931188/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zemotion/1875004626/

Marla, in closing this essay I will say it is definitely a much rougher crowd here than over in the lighting forum. Both ways in that the criticism comes hard and fast and people are also thin skinned over here as well. We're all thin skinned when it comes down to it, myself included. I say don't let criticism bother you though. Just keep doing what you do, and cherry pick advice when it benefits you and don't worry about the rest. It's really the best way to grow as a photographer.

Even Tedolf probably means well. He's just blunt like my grandmother used to be.

Tedolph is evil, very evil.

Can't you smell the sulpher?

Here's one more half azzed attempt at high keying your pic. I like yours better but I tried one of the tutorials on high key in lightroom on this.(admittedly too far on the high key)

Yuk!

Tedolph, RIP

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