BW Highkey portraits

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  1. KenCo

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    My first post in this section........
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    haha, that last one is great.

    although i almost never like high key work.
     
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    Hahaha... awesome shots love em. #2 is my fav, then the last one...
     
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    Reallly like the images but I just feel the sujects are over exposed. High Key is about getting a correct exposure and I think they are about a stop over exposed.
     
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    oh... I don't know.... maybe the last is a bit over. You really think a full stop?


    I like the third view.

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    The 3rd one is superb!!!!!!!!! LOL! Very nice shots! Though a little overexposed on the faces (highlights are blank already).
     
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    #3 is my favorite. The little bit of drool and his expression really seem to show off his character.

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    What is High key?
     
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    High key is when a white or very light subject is photographed against a white or very light background. Any props should be white or very light.
     
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    I don't quite agree with this. A high key image contains a dominance of tones brighter than a mid grey. Some say 1 stop some 2 stops brighter.

    You can have dark parts in your image so long as the dominace of the tones is that stop or two brighter than a mid grey.

    Say you take a full length portrait of a girl with dark hair wearing a dark shirt standing in front of a very bright window. Sure there may be a number of dark parts of the image but the overall scene is likely to be a couple of stops brighter than a mid grey and the image would be high key.

    I've even seen a high key image (group shot) where all the subjects wore black against a white background. The high key tonal range was maintained by the white background and white gloves and ties the group wore. This caused the overall brightness to remain high key. Also you noted the subject needs to be white.... I say it vcan be any colour (inc black).

    Norman Phillips' books are an excellent way to learn about High and Low Key.
     
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    Possibly slightly less and tough to guage. I used photoshops to duplicate the layer and change it by using the multiply command. Stops are generally discussed in thirds using the multiply/screen command (not wholly accurate maybe) I and thought 33% made the image look closer to a correct exposure.

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    No. This is not right. Dress her in white (or very light) and you'd have a high key portrait, so long as the surroundings too are white.

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