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    How do you do this: high-key images?



    Dear members,


    There has been a 'challenge' on dpreview "Redux: High-key Portrait"


    How do you take such photos? By lighting arrangements/ post processing or both?


    Please guide me

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    Re: How do you do this: high-key images?



    You just get a taller stand and move your key light up about 10 feet and then--oops. Wrong definition. []


    To answer your question, I suggest going about 75% in lighting and do the rest in post. If you don

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    Re: How do you do this: high-key images?



    Nik filters has a good filter for high key effects, although you will want to do some of the work with lighting as Dan said.


    www.niksoftware.com/.../entry.php (Their example shows using a high-key filter on a pretty dark photo, it would have had a much better result with a photo with more light)

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    Re: How do you do this: high-key images?



    I used three flashes for this one, and overexposed the image quite a bit. I'm not great shakes at high-key, but I was giving it a shot.




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    Re: How do you do this: high-key images?



    Perhaps my photo isn't technically correct, but here it is anyway:





    Settings: 50mm f2 ISO-100 1/200s AV mode +1/3exp and a 430 EX2 flash on camera TTl, but I don't know what setting.





    The picture is practically untouched. It is slightly cropped, some contrast is added and I removed all the colors.


    I made this shot while shooting against the sun. The sun is behind the subject, but you could imagine that this could also be achieved by using a flash of some kind.


    Good luck!


    Jan

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    Re: How do you do this: high-key images?



    Hi, Jan,


    This is an excellent example to show the original poster, how to achieve a high-key effect without using any sophisticated lighting equipment and/or sophisticated techniques. As you said, the photo could be improved technically, but it stands on its own, as it is.

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    Thanks,


    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    As you said, the photo could be improved technically, but it stands on its own, as it is.

    Yeah I'm aware it's no master-piece hehe [:P] But it's without needing to have a big setup. It's a fairly simple shot.

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    Re: How do you do this: high-key images?



    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Setters


    I used three flashes for this one, and overexposed the image quite a bit. I'm not great shakes at high-key, but I was giving it a shot.
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    Sean, please don't do that. Her hair is too gorgeous to be washed out like that.
    We're a Canon/Profoto family: five cameras, sixteen lenses, fifteen Profoto lights, too many modifiers.

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