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Jun 08, 2007 05:24 |  #1

Got any tips for high key portraits and full body shots.

Like exposure setting etc, going to use a white sheet and maybe flash boubced.

R


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Jun 08, 2007 07:01 |  #2

Best way to do high key is main and fill lights on subject large umbrellas spread the light more evenly than a soft box, bright white seemless. Two lights with barn doors into the background one on each side and pointed at the background. Barndoors to keep the light from srtiking subject. Only a one stop difference (at most) better would be even light on subject. Both main and fill at same intensity. Fill light up and over camera and key/main light at 45 or less.




  
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Jun 08, 2007 07:31 as a reply to  @ airfrogusmc's post |  #3

Sorry for the real crappy images. My flatbed died a couple of weeks ago and I just took these prints over by the window and shot them. Theres detail in all the highlights on the subjects in the actual prints and these were all used in something. Ads or anual reprort.

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These all used the technique or variations on the technique I discribed.



  
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Jun 08, 2007 10:46 |  #4

Raymate wrote in post #3341413 (external link)
Got any tips for high key portraits and full body shots.

Like exposure setting etc, going to use a white sheet and maybe flash boubced.

R

Unless you are photographing a small child, you simply cannot do an adult full body shot on a sheet, unless the sheet is 20 feet square.

In order to make a white background stay white in a flash lit shot, it must receive a minimum of 2/3rds more light than what is on the subject. That means lighting it seperately from the subject.

Your subject must be a minimum distance from the white background of about six feet, otherwise the background light will bleed onto the subjects white clothing and cause a lack of contrast between it and the background.

My high key camera room is 16 x 22 and the white background is 13 feet wide by 15 feet deep. I use three lights to keep it white.

Benji

P.S. This image below is not a true high key because the chair is not white, had it been painted white this image would be a true high key image.


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Jun 08, 2007 10:49 |  #5

The way I look at it if you have the exposure right in the shot, try pushing it a bit. And for me the rest is done in PP.
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Jun 08, 2007 12:14 as a reply to  @ arsenik's post |  #6

Do not use a sheet white seemless is cheep and comes in 12 ft rolls.




  
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