High Key 1st Attempt

Started Apr 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: High Key 1st Attempt

69chevy wrote:

I am by no means an expert on post processing. I had never used the curves function before. I played with it a little tonight, and can't understand how I ever lived without it. Thank you again! Here is my quick edit. I overdid it a little as some spots started to blow out. But I like where this is going. Of course the shirt is not ideal for this type of shot, but then again, neither is my son. lol.

I agree, you overdid it to the point that you have what looks like an overexposed image.

What a high key image consists of seems to be widely misunderstood. Simply reading the Wikipedia definition should clear up any confusion or misunderstanding.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_key

One very important thing about high key images is that they are properly exposed and can contain a full range of tones from white to black, with the lighter tones dominating.

High key images are not overexposed or washed out images. That can be done for effect, but the result is NOT a high key image.

If you want to do seamless white lighting I suggest you follow the setup of Zack Ariias. The one thing you should not do, however, is follow his advice to overexpose the background by 2 or 3 stops. That was fine for film, but a disaster for digital photography. For digital photography limit the background overexposure to no more than 1 stop.

If you overexpose the background by 2 or 3 stops then at the normal subject/background distance of 6'-10' you will see light from the background bleeding around the edges of your subject, causing the edges to blend in with the background. You will also see a loss of image contrast from lens flare.

http://zackarias.com/for-photographers/photo-resources/white-seamless-tutorial-part-1-gear-space/

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