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Would this pass as Low Key?

 
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Mar 26, 2013 10:26 |  #1

Can you C&C a first attempt at Low Key. Just roughly is it close etc?

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Mar 26, 2013 10:37 |  #2

What's the exif on this?

Isn't the idea of low key to have really dark background and some of the subject in almost complete shadow? This gives a bit too much away. Also, is it noisy on purpose? or are you shooting high iso?

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Mar 26, 2013 10:47 as a reply to  @ chimpsinties's post |  #3

To me, it looks more under-exposed than low-key.


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Mar 26, 2013 10:49 |  #4

Its just underexposed.




  
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Mar 26, 2013 10:54 |  #5

If your looking for a end product similar to the shot below you need to change up your methods a bit.

1. Black background and surface for the lens to sit on. Keep the background well away from the flash as it will help control any spill over on to the background.
2. Set your SS and ISO so that a flash w/ out the flash on provide a nearly black frame (the closer to black the better)
3. Add in the flash. For the shot below the flash was actually slightly behind the lens to prevent any further wrap around of the light.
4. Post processing. Drop the black levels, and then some selective editing to bring it the background to all black and/or control some light bleed.

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Mar 26, 2013 11:10 |  #6

A big no then, thanks for the comments. must try harder.


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Mar 26, 2013 11:16 |  #7

silvrr wrote in post #15757215 (external link)
If your looking for a end product similar to the shot below you need to change up your methods a bit.

1. Black background and surface for the lens to sit on. Keep the background well away from the flash as it will help control any spill over on to the background.
2. Set your SS and ISO so that a flash w/ out the flash on provide a nearly black frame (the closer to black the better)
3. Add in the flash. For the shot below the flash was actually slightly behind the lens to prevent any further wrap around of the light.
4. Post processing. Drop the black levels, and then some selective editing to bring it the background to all black and/or control some light bleed.


This is basically a spot on description. But No4 is the thing that'll get you out of bind. Get in LightRoom and drop those shadows right down :D


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Mar 27, 2013 13:56 |  #8

chimpsinties wrote in post #15757274 (external link)
This is basically a spot on description. But No4 is the thing that'll get you out of bind. Get in LightRoom and drop those shadows right down :D

Hope you don't mind, but since you have image editting checked I took a few seconds (literally) and tweaked your pic in LR to give it more of a "low key" look:

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eta: playing with lighting to achieve the look is of course the preferred method... :)

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