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High Key Photography – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #45 – High Key Photography

Last week was low key so of course this week we’re working with high key photography. High Key Photography is bright, even and produces little contrast within your picture. The complete opposite of Low Key Photography.

Yesterday when I woke up there was about an inch of snow on the ground, I thought that is perfect for this week’s assignment. By the time I went for the camera it had melted away. That idea will work in a few days when we get more snow, but not today.  When I was out today I drove by a flower store and thought, perfect! A single white rose to photograph and then enjoy!

For this one you want your histogram moving all the way to the right. My settings for this picture were 1/60 second using a 90mm ISO 100. I was shooting on aperture priority with an exposure compensation of +2

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I always remember this saying when thinking about creating an image with more white vs more dark colors. “Add light to light and dark to dark. So if I want my white to look white I need to add light. If I want my black to look black I lower my exposure compensation. For Canon I move my meter to the right to add light and to the left to see those strong black colors.

Here is an example:

The one on the far left is on aperture priority, meter set to 0 – the second picture is the exact same settings except I went +1 and the last is… you guessed it same settings, but I used +2 on the exposure compensation. Our camera sees 18% gray so when a scene is mostly white your camera will automatically try to make it gray as in the photo on the left.  By bringing our exposure compensation up to +2 we have added more light by leaving our shutter open a little longer.

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I thought this was a good tutorial talking about high key photography. Not just some tips on when you take it, but how to edit it in Lightroom. Sometimes you don’t have the time to set up a back drop, lights and get everything ready exactly the way you want. Sometimes you need to just find a light source or window in a hurry and take the picture.

Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

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