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09/03/2004 08:53:38 AM · #1
how about a 'high key' challenge?

09/03/2004 08:56:14 AM · #2
I'd love to see a 'high key' challenge. I've never (deliberately) shot high key, but have been thinking about trying it lately. This would give me all the more reason to do it.

09/03/2004 09:13:52 AM · #3
I'm not sure of this, is there a great difference between a high key and overexposed. I think there is a difference, can somebody show me what it is. Please, if you have photos to show me I would be very happy.
09/03/2004 09:26:24 AM · #4
not sure how to do this but see this thread..


think heida started it
09/03/2004 09:47:44 AM · #5
Here's my recent high key pic..

What does everyone think??

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Message edited by author 2004-09-03 10:01:12.
09/03/2004 06:25:32 PM · #6
First we need to come to a clear understanding of what a high-key image is. In recent threads there seems to be a great rift between those that consider over-exposed images to be high-key and those that don't.

I personally consider an image to be high-key if it is not-overly over-exposed (background and such is ok, but not the subject) but most of the image is predominantly bright so the eye is drawn to the darker areas.


Now that I have typed the above, the first part is a matter of taste, so I would have to say I view a high-key image as any image that is predominantly bright, with the intention of drawing the eye to the darker areas.

I also feel a good high-key image needs an excellent tonal range to pull the eye into the dark areas with gradients of tone -- but that is likely a matter of taste as well.

09/03/2004 06:31:13 PM · #7
Mark, I think the shot is great but would consider cropping to remove the dark background and leaving just the babies eyes as the dark area (following Britannica's format).

*wondering if hi-key is today's in-thing and neatimage is yesterdays?*
09/04/2004 07:13:16 PM · #8
AS I was taught High key utilizes the white to grey tones with one atleast pure black or dark tone it should be lit with soft, indirect light, An overexposed image is not true high key, although the background should be at least 1 to 2 stops brighter than the subject matter.
09/04/2004 07:47:18 PM · #9
Mark this picture is awesome
Please put it in your portfolio here so I can put it in my favs :D
09/07/2004 12:46:30 AM · #10
Thanks for the great comments!

heida, i added it to my portfolio. :)

this makes me happy that someone wants it as a favorite..

Im smiling ear to ear!

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Message edited by author 2004-09-07 00:46:52.
09/07/2004 06:18:53 AM · #11
How's this for High Key?
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09/07/2004 06:21:35 AM · #12
In my humble opinion, that last image posted is overexposed rather than high-key.
09/07/2004 06:24:43 AM · #13
Probably is, It's amazing what you can do in PS.. I'v just been playing to see what I can get.

Message edited by author 2004-09-07 06:55:19.
09/07/2004 06:48:34 AM · #14
Originally posted by markmyshots:

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I can't make up my mind if it's a baby or a high quality doll!! (Pretty sure it's a baby, but still, it makes me wonder)
09/07/2004 06:59:20 AM · #15
The "high key" effect is interesting in some applications, but in the baby shot I see almost all of the skin detail is completely lost in the blown out highlights. You need some variation in tones to show dimension, and you need to keep highlights to avoid loosing detail. I think there has to be more to it than overexposure.
09/07/2004 11:11:11 AM · #16
jadin, hehe..its definitley my baby girl.

She's 3 months old...and so annoyed with my camera that she can wake up from a sound sleep if she so much as senses that i have the camera out...any shutter sounds snaps her right awake...
09/08/2004 06:04:42 AM · #17
Originally posted by markmyshots:

She's 3 months old...and so annoyed with my camera that she can wake up from a sound sleep if she so much as senses that i have the camera out...any shutter sounds snaps her right awake...

Funny. My son has been a ham in front of the camera since the beginning. He'll drop whatever he's doing to pose... sometimes ruining the scene that I was trying to shoot in the first place!

Now, with a new sister and a few younger cousins, he gets a bit jealous when you try to take a picture of anyone but him!

09/08/2004 07:03:03 AM · #18
Here is a definition of high key...

It is a light coloured subject on a light coloured background with lighting that is close to 1:1 or 2:1. (No harsh shadows at all!) The image should be properly exposed and still show skin tone (Overexposing the image does not make it high key). For the best results use a blond wearing white on a white background. High key is mostly intended for studio shots but you can definitely achieve high key outdoors too.
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