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Jan 02, 2012 06:48 |  #1

This is a crop of a model who was holding a translucent drape that was lit from behind and another light providing some direct light from camera right. The first image is SOOC; it shows a heavy right shift in the histogram. The second image is my attempt at editing it. This was a real challenge. I'd like any advice on how to shoot and how to process these kinds of shots. Also any other takes from the original are welcome.


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Jan 02, 2012 07:20 |  #2

Well the facial expression is weird. the color is not looking right to me at all. she needs to wax under her arms are you can just edit that out.


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Jan 02, 2012 08:58 as a reply to  @ SimpleJack's post |  #3

I have not tried high key lighting myself but I found two videos that might be helpful for your two light set up.

Search for "Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 42: High Key & Low Key Lighting: Adorama Photography TV" on youtube starts at the 4:00 mark. Although this involves 2 strobes and 2 modeling lights, it might help. You can probably find hotlights at a home Depot.

It is possible to use just one light for high-key I believe. On Zack Arias' DVD he shows how to give high-key.

"OneLight DVD Disc 1 - Sample Montage" @ 2:37 mark. He placed a barebulb Sunpack light just behind the model.

I guess once the high key issue is resolved then move on to the fabric.


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Jan 02, 2012 09:41 |  #4

have a white paper background, put two flashes pointed on the background, have the model stand forward of the flashes such that she is not lit up by the flashes. then add another flash with a light modifier like an umbrella or octobox, use that to light up your model, adjust your flash power as necessary




  
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Jan 02, 2012 15:02 as a reply to  @ mblobster's post |  #5

According to the traditional definition of high key, these are not high key. Nor is taking a normally exposed subject against a white background. High key is a greatly overexposed shot. The histogram should be quite narrow and very far to the right. It's one of those terms that has been incorrectly overused.


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Jan 02, 2012 15:24 |  #6

High key is where most of the tones are above middle gray.


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Jan 02, 2012 23:38 |  #7

Thanks to all that responded with good advice. I will check the links.
The histogram of her face suggests to me that this is indeed a high-key shot - although poorly done I'll admit. I guess I need more frontal light. There was a large softbox behind her aimed directly at her. Would a paper bg lit by strobes be any different?


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