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Learn by Doing Photography #44 – Low Key Photography
You might have heard the term low key photography or high key photography. This week on Learn by Doing Photography we’re working with low key photography
Low Key – Usually uses one light source or a simple reflector. Low key light finds accentuates contours of an object with contrast. This type of photography uses dark tones which creates some pretty dramatic images. High Key is just the opposite it reduces the contrast by using a lot of light.
You don’t need a studio or fancy lighting to achieve a low key photo. This photo of my daughter was taken in front of the living room window. I clipped a black piece of construction paper to the curtain and had her look out the window. We took this picture after school yesterday when she was dressed up in her Halloween costume!
In low key photography you want your black to be black. I spot metered off her cheek in manual, but if you’re using evaluative metering you will want to lower your exposure compensation on your camera to -1 or even -2 to make sure your black is black.
As always Mark Wallace has an excellent video! On this episode he takes on both High Key & Low Key Lighting:
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