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Feb 24, 2014 13:45 |  #1

This is my youngest. I've shot this same series for my 3 other kids, and finally got around to finish it for her mom.

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Feb 24, 2014 14:37 |  #2

Keep trying. Those shots are at least 2 stops over exposed.


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Feb 24, 2014 15:14 |  #3

Actually 1 and 1/3rd overexposed. It was kinda the whole point. ;)


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Feb 24, 2014 15:23 |  #4

BrianAZ wrote in post #16714110 (external link)
Actually 1 and 1/3rd overexposed. It was kinda the whole point. ;)

:-) very nice, I've always loved these kind of photos. Only ever tried it a couple times a though.


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Feb 24, 2014 17:05 |  #5

Very good job and nicely executed. The images also prove the theory that if the style doesn't fit the mainstream formats that negative comments usually follow. Thanks for sharing.


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Feb 24, 2014 17:17 as a reply to  @ StanNJ1's post |  #6

Beautiful. #2 for me (just because of the pose). I like the way you can still barely make out the shadows in her shirt.


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Feb 24, 2014 18:44 |  #7

Love these. Wall-worthy!




  
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Feb 24, 2014 18:51 |  #8

Very nice. I love this look. Would you mind sharing your lighting setup and settings for these?


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Feb 25, 2014 09:57 |  #9

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

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Camera Settings:
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- 70-200 f/4 L
-ISO 100
-Manual exposure: f/8 at 1/160

Lighting:
- 2 Hensel strobes lighting the background (white seamless) to f/11. Reflected light off the background at f/5.6 to back of subjects head. I use silver softboxes without a diffusion panel to light the background, as softboxes control spill the best.
- 1 Hensel strobe, using a large softbox, boomed above subject.
- 1 Reflector below large softbox for clamshell lighting.
- Combined key/fill light on subject at f/13

You can play with how much/little overexposure you want. My 5D seemed to prefer between +2/3 and +1 stop overexposure. The 5DMIII likes 1 1/3 to 1 2/3 overexposure.


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Feb 25, 2014 15:14 |  #10

What was your post process for these?


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Feb 25, 2014 17:00 |  #11

Pretty much nothing.

Import in Adobe Raw, set color temp (5500K), black level to 10, boost contrast/saturation/cl​arity a touch (I have all these settings as a standard preset I apply for in studio lighting). After importing into Photoshop I just dodged the shirt a bit to even out the shadows and cleaned up a few stray hairs with the clone tool. Because the overexposure blows out so much detail, I did add a new layer with just a hint of color on her cheeks using a color I sampled from her lips and changed the blending mode to color and dropped the opacity to 20% or so.


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Feb 25, 2014 17:05 |  #12

Your daughter is gorgeous and I can see why you love these, but they are not going to print well. The skin tones will print like one giant blob with no detail. :(


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Feb 25, 2014 17:06 |  #13

Cute daughter, but high key does not mean overexposed.


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Feb 25, 2014 18:35 |  #14

Thanks Lisa. Ive actually printed these as large as 36" through white house, and they come out great. When printed on canvas (i use simply color for canvas) they are awesome.

Btw, Larry Peters, and Brian/Janine Killian were the pioners of this look. They make a killing on these sales, albiet they overexpose at 2 stops.


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Feb 25, 2014 18:42 |  #15

Staszek wrote in post #16717269 (external link)
Cute daughter, but high key does not mean overexposed.

Nope, but neither does a "properly" exposed image. High key is denoted by the values of the subject, backgound, and other elements. Even without overexposure this would be classified as high key.


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