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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kakaku Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2010 at 22:30
Thanks Pegelli. I very much appreciate the constructive criticism. I now notice it as well.       Since the main flash was on my right, that shadow was probably caused by the left rear flash intended to wash out the backgrond. Else it was the main or the right rear flash bouncing off the white couch on the left. Next time I'll take a little more time clearing out space and will try to limit the light to where it's intended. In either case it's a good learning experience.

I just hope I don't cause my baby seizures from all the bright flashing lights.       
 



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Does this qualify as high pass?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2010 at 13:41
woodrim, nice shot but I don't think it's hi-key.

Look at the histigram in the right top:

Almost as many tones below 128 as above.

I think the pose and scene has potential to become hi key, but you need to find a combination of exposure and PP to make it so.

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My modest high-key contribution : Celine


   


C&C weclome !

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2010 at 22:34
Very nice Pschitt, excellent portrait with a great viewer connection and truly high key without anything being overly blown out. Only her eyes and some very small shadow ares in her hair provide the very little dark foundation. A clear pass and looking forward to more of your assignment contributions.
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this was actually a concert shoot, with a burst of light coming out of the background all of a sudden:

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2010 at 19:13
wolfger, I like it a lot, it's clearly overexposed (which is OK for some styles of high key) and has a good impact due to the almost symmetrical composition and the lady looking to the slightly larger half. If I'd have a C&C it would be that the dark areas are all quite grey and misses a bit of pop. However no question it's a pass so looking forward to your next assignment contributions.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wolfgerb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2010 at 19:20
thanx Pegelli, I can clearly see your C&C. I have one version which pops more, but decided
to post this one, because for my taste this one has more atmosphere.
thanx for the pass.

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edit to show exif :
28 mm F2.8 ISO 3200 1/8s no pp


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Post Options Post Options   Quote MiPr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2010 at 09:35
Alphatini, I think that your photo has nice composition. "Direct" eye contact really adds to the photo. That's pity her eyes are not tack sharp. Another problem is that your photo is overexposed - the high key photo must be exposed properly, i.e. skin tones should be normal. The key to high-key photography is to take a shot in light surroundings in bright light but the photo should be properly exposed.

For example imagine a bride in white wedding dress on some light background. On such photo you would like to get properly exposed face, hands, etc. And that would be classic high-key photo.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2010 at 09:42
@ Etiene

I don't believe that your portrait is enhanced by the high key treatment you have used and it shows that it is harder to use high key effectively with a brunette subject. Your model's face is not treated "kindly", and what is more the pose results in the eyes suffering (her head should have come around a bit as well to open them up).

Another try is called for on this one.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2010 at 09:53
@ alphatini (and MiPr) This article has been linked before and has a good description of hi-key and is worth reading. The key aspect of high key (no pun intended) is the fact that most tones (except maybe a very few to create an outline) are well into the upper half of the histogram. There's high key styles that use overexposure as well as normal exposure but it's the general very light and luminous atmosphere and light background that is the common denominator.
So "technically" your picture is meeting this definition of high key, however as pointed out there are some other aspects that don't give it an emotional impact that we look for when passing the assignment. Hope this helps.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MiPr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2010 at 10:22
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

There's high key styles that use overexposure as well as normal exposure but it's the general very light and luminous atmosphere and light background that is the common denominator.


From the article you linked above:

If you type in high key photography into any search engine you will find lots of photographers calling high contrast images high key, and overexposed images being called high key, but these are not true traditional high key images.
(Emphasis added by me)




Edited by MiPr - 24 January 2010 at 10:23
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2010 at 11:00
Also from the same article:

This is an overexposed high key image. What makes it a high key image is the white background and pink and white clothing, NOT the overexposure.


So high key images can be overexposed, but fully agree that just overexposure will not yield a high key image.
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