What is High Key Photography? I consider an image that is bright and “airy,” with little or no shadows to be a high key photo. This feather would be an example of one of my high key photos. Sometimes this type of image is achieved by simply overexposing it some. However often to get a proper high key image, you need to give careful consideration to the light balance between the subject and the background. You want to be able to see the detail in the subject while using unnaturally bright light to nearly completely blow out the background. High key photography is often used with models, flowers and in my case a feather. It’s used to offer a light, airy, positive and upbeat mood.
I’m not that familiar with using this technique. I used a flash and suspended (using a clamp) my feather over a white table. I think the image conveys a soft, light and airy look. I like the way it fades away. Let me know what you think of this picture. Did I achieve my goal?
As you know, if you’ve been reading my blog this year, I have been experimenting with different types of photography and techniques with my camera and in post processing. Black & White photography is something that, for the longest time, I didn’t understand. Why would you want to take a picture in black and white when there is color available now? I thought it was just outdated. Now, I understand differently.
One reason you may want to take pictures in black and white is to actually remove color from a scene—to simplify the scene. It may not need the color. The color may detract from the subject. Removing the color may get your audience to focus on the subject in the photo. For instance, in the picture I’ve posted, if the trees in the background were flowering and the weeds in the foreground had flowers, they would draw my viewers attention away from what I want them to notice (which is the abandoned train). Having the image in Black & White, fixes this issue. You can’t notice any flowers. Nothing distracts you from the train.
Sure, there are many other reasons to photograph in Black & White, but I thought I would just give an example in this blog entry. Perhaps, in the future, I’ll discuss other reasons.
Although this is a Black & White image, I encourage you to take the image in color. Then, convert it to a black and white image in post processing. You can always change your mind, if you have the color version available, and go back to it. You have a lot of flexibility when you start with a color file. In post-processing, you’re able to adjust the “colors” –even after you’ve converted the image to black & white. For Instance, you could darken/lighten the green channel to make the color of the trees change in a monochrome image. You wouldn’t be able to do that if you shot the image in black & white. So, shoot your images in color—with the intention of processing it as a Black & White Photo.
You have to train your eye to see differently to do black & white photography. Some cameras have a setting to let you see in black & white, while shooting in color. It can help you see your images. Give Black & White a try!
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I thought I would share with everybody some things about myself that you probably didn’t know. This way you can see another side of me and get to know me better. This post has less to do with photography and more to do with the photographer.
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