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Old Jan 22, 2012, 2:58 PM   #11
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G'day Eyesha

I give you 100% for experimental effort
One of the 'problems' with the camera's light metering efforts is that it / every camera wants to average out the bright bits with the dark bits and give us a 'pleasant' picture to admire & sometimes drool over

In doing this with something that's generally white overall, the camera tends to 'grey-up' everything

I have found that when shooting stuff that is white or close-to white, that I need to add lots of extra to the exposure to bring the whites back to white. The extra is always in the +2/3EV to +2EV range

May I invite you to try the flowers again with 3 exposures
1- as metered [ie same as before]
2- with +1EV, and
3- with +2EV
and show us your results

What [I guess] you seem to be wanting is a group of almost white flowers against an almost white background, and what I see is grey-white flowers - again pretty normal for the everyday camera
ps- if I can find some similar flowers I'll try it as well & we'll compare results

Regards, Phil
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 3:02 PM   #12
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Thanks Jennybug, i would have liked mroe light too but i had to make do with one light and a reflector.
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Many thanks Phil, I will again keep your settings and try them nd let you know, by the way it's a feather my daughter bought for me with an angel on it.
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 3:16 PM   #14
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eysha, I didn't know anything about high key photography, so I started reading many of the websites people listed here. It appears that you need lots of lighting from all directions to try to get rid of shadows and high contrasts against a white background so that your edges seem to almost blend into the background, yet the main features of your subject are exposed and focused properly.

I have tried some low key photography which was much easier, but now I'm finding myself looking around the house to see if I have the right equipment to try high key. My first attempt at low key:

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Old Jan 22, 2012, 4:52 PM   #15
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Nice vase Saly and this looks good for low key. I just got interested in high key and decided to give it a go. I don't have te right equipment though but it was fun learning something new. Probably won't use it again but will try low key,lol.
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