High Key: Keeping it Simple

A quick pic of the day today. A “high key” image.

That is, a photo where the entire image is bright. Like this one:

To do this:

  • Use a person dressed in white, or a pale-skinned person, against a white background.
  • Expose properly – meaning brightly. Use manual, or use exposure compensation + (plus 1-2 stops).
  • Or, when using a flash, use flash exposure compensation +1 to +2 stops.

Note also that I used the “rule of thirds”. One attention point – the eyes – is top right; one (the cigarette) is bottom left.


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