Highkey = high quality portraits?

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by Grisu_HDH, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Grisu_HDH

    Grisu_HDH TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    Southern Germany
    Hey guys.
    Shot an unprepared portrait yesterday while we played a boardgame (as you can see she's loosing :biggrin:).
    Did some experiments with PSE11 this morning and decided that Highkey would be a good choice for this one...
    Do you like Highkeys?

    Caro 2013-03 (10) Highkey by Grisu_HDH, on Flickr
    Minolta MD 50mm at f=2.8
  2. lowbone

    lowbone TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 21, 2012
    I think highkey works well for this portrait
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    +1 - It's not my choice for every portrait, but it works well for this one!
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Agreed. Due to the heavy lighting, it works well on this one.
  5. kaptnkain

    kaptnkain TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 4, 2013
    What the heck is highkey?
  6. Nubster

    Nubster TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 5, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    This is a cut and paste:

    "What Is High Key Photography?

    High key photography involves photography where there is a large amount of light tones and fewer mid-tones or shadows. The best way to obtain high key is by using in-camera techniques rather than trying to achieve your objectives through post processing methods. Therefore, you have to learn how to create an image that has a high key tone.

    Key Tones

    Key tones are normally mid-tone. By placing them high on the exposure scale, it becomes easy to make them lighter or brighter. Thus, an image with bright mid-tones will have high tones which will be lighter or much too white.

    White Tones

    When the white becomes too white, it must be toned or clipped down to keep it at an acceptable level of whiteness. There will also be areas that are very dark and when these areas become too bright, the unwanted brightness has to be controlled. Essentially, high key photography is all about controlling the dark tones which are not really wanted in the first place.


    Many believe that images in high key are simply those images that have been over-exposed. This is true but it does not in any way help to create a high key image. In order to make them high key, it becomes necessary to raise the shadow tones to mid-tones and in doing it is possible to create fresh key tones.

    The bottom line is that in order to succeed with high key photography, you need to work with flat and also very generous lighting, while at the same time not using dark clothes, trimmings or even props."
  7. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    I like it!
  8. Mattithjah

    Mattithjah TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 17, 2013
    Czech Republic
    I like high-key also for other photography theme - e. g. macro.
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