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Old Sep 2, 2004, 12:49 PM   #1
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LOW KEY/ HIGH KEY SHOTS

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Old Sep 2, 2004, 12:49 PM   #2
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Old Sep 2, 2004, 12:56 PM   #3
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Here you go again Vito, making me wish I still had my SRV....nice work though.

What did you change in your camera to get these differences?
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Old Sep 2, 2004, 1:08 PM   #4
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High Key Explained…

For this shot, I set up three pieces of poster board (as shown in picture).
Set up my tripod, but with my little trick to get a lower angle because my tripod doesn't go low enough. I pull the center piece out, put it in upside-down, and then put the camera on upside-down. This works well enough for me, because all I have to do is rotate it 180 degrees to fix the "upside-down-ness" of it.
Anyway, I have a "tri-bulb" lamp, that I positioned to the left of the poster board (looking from behind the camera) and another lamp, a 15 watt clip lamp, positioned above and behind the poster board on the right side.
This is all shown in the picture.
Now, for the picture itself, I shot in manual. I exposed for the black, but stopped down (or whatever the term is for making the shutter faster, lol) a couple 3rds of a stop so you could see some details. Because of the lights, and the white poster board, the background becomes overexposed, leaving just a little detail, and the black part of the guitar to be seen.
I did not use flash.

If you have any more questions, please post, I'll answer them.

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Old Sep 2, 2004, 1:10 PM   #5
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h/o RGRotts

i'll post the Low Key in a second...

i have to write it out

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Old Sep 2, 2004, 1:24 PM   #6
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Low Key Explained

For this shot, I had the poster board in the same positions, tripod the same, but I moved the 15 watt over (as shown in the picture) and I turned the "tri-bulb" lamp off. I also draped a sweatshirt over the back of the poster board, so that it covered any white in the picture except for the white on the guitar, of course. Now, for this shot, I exposed for the white, and let the black part of the guitar and the dark blue sweatshirt fall into deep black.
The major thing to remember when shooting low key shots is have light on your subject, but not on the background.
Well, I think that's it.
Oh yeah, no flash for this one either.

If you have any more questions, please post, I'll answer them, if I can.

Hope this helps!

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Old Sep 2, 2004, 1:29 PM   #7
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This is great. It's nice to see exactly how you did this. Coincidentally, I have most of the materials you show so now I've more to work with.....Thank you Vito.
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Old Sep 2, 2004, 2:54 PM   #8
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Good photos vito. I see the low key one, but not so much the high key. I hope I'm not going on about this too much and getting annoying. I'm beginning to annoy myself so I'm sure I am others to. In my Susie thread (I can see why it's not high key there now) you said "and high key, would be the subject surrounded by bright, overexposed white...". I see the over exposed white on the front of the guitar, but I can't see the bright white behind. It looks slightly over exposed, but is it enough to be high key?

I'm waiting for the sun to go down so I can sort out a picture I took today for this challenge. Maybe it would be fairer to take my issues over to there.
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Old Sep 2, 2004, 3:19 PM   #9
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hmm....i dunno..

i'm pretty knowledgeable about low key, but hadn't tried high key till this afternoon when i wrote this up..

i probably should've picked a subject that wasn't white lol

i'll find another subject, and try again...

btw..these "keys" are just ways to simplify the photos and give them mood...

high key seems dreamy and happy

and low key is dramatic..

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Old Sep 2, 2004, 3:51 PM   #10
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I like 'em both.
I don't know if I would have the patience to set something like that up though...

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