A Quick Guide to High Key Photos
What does High Key mean?
High key images are photographs that are predominantly light in tone, with minimal shadow and high levels of contrast. Here are some tips for shooting high key images.
Lighting is Essential
To create a high key image, you will need a strong light source. This could be natural light, such as shooting on a bright and sunny day, or positioning your subject by a well-lit window.
With studio lighting setups, softboxes, and diffusers are essential to evenly illuminate your subject without creating harsh shadows. A common setup includes using two or three light sources positioned around your subject.
A High Key Background
To create a high key image, you will need to use a background that is predominantly light in tone. This could be a white wall, a cloudy sky, a window, or a light-colored surface.
Aperture Plays a Role
To create a high key image, you will need to let in as much light as possible. Using a wide aperture, such as f/2.8 or wider, can allow more light into the camera and create a bright, light image.
High key images can be prone to overexposure, so it's important to keep an eye on the exposure meter. Start by setting your camera to manual mode. You can Overexpose your shot by setting a wider aperture to give that more bright and airy feel, but remember to be careful the image isn’t too bright where details begin to get lost.
Composition and Your Subject
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