Lighting Techniques for High Key Portrait Photography

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Photographers will learn from a master the impact and beauty that can be created through the precision creation of high key portraits. In photography, the word key is used to describe the overall tonal range in which the photograph is created—including the background, subject, props, and clothing. If the tones are very light, the image is called “high key.“ Because photographers often neglect to consider the impact of creating images in a controlled key, many portraits fall short of their potential. This book ...
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Overview


Photographers will learn from a master the impact and beauty that can be created through the precision creation of high key portraits. In photography, the word key is used to describe the overall tonal range in which the photograph is created—including the background, subject, props, and clothing. If the tones are very light, the image is called “high key.“ Because photographers often neglect to consider the impact of creating images in a controlled key, many portraits fall short of their potential. This book provides helpful guidelines for selecting the best lighting equipment and light modifiers for efficiently creating high key portraits, as well as detailing techniques needed to select the perfect clothes and props for a high key portrait.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584280750
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author


Norman Phillips is a master photographer who is the recipient of more than 150 awards, including the Accolade of Outstanding Photographic Excellence in Recognition of Contribution to the Industry. He lives in Highland Park, Illinois.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8
Foreword 9
Introduction 10
Ch. 1 Identifying High Key 12
Ch. 2 Basic High Key in the Camera Room 15
Ch. 3 Equipment 22
Ch. 4 Metering Your High Key Set 27
Ch. 5 Light Ratios 33
Ch. 6 The Chiseled Look 40
Ch. 7 The Gentle Look 43
Ch. 8 The Soft Look 50
Ch. 9 High Key Backlighting 57
Ch. 10 Flat Lighting 60
Ch. 11 Modifying the Background 68
Ch. 12 Outline Technique 78
Ch. 13 Window Light 81
Ch. 14 High Key Outdoors 97
Ch. 15 Composition, Subject Placement and the Use of Props 107
Additional Notes on High Key 119
Glossary 120
Index 122
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    highly recommended

    Well written, technically sound, with excellent pictures. Worth re-reading.

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