High Key Portrait Photography in Erie

High key is the term used for a bright white background. It’s often difficult to light, requiring as many as four lights to properly expose the background and main subject.

In the original color image below, Lauren is properly exposed and the image is finished in color with just a touch of softness added in post-processing.

In the second image, I used a BW conversion that favored red tones, bringing her skin to a pure white, and providing some definition to her face, hair and hands. It’s interesting that in this conversion, her clothing begins to blend to the background, creating an abstract look.

This was one of the harder types of settings for me to learn to light. When done properly, the effect is stunning. But when the background is overexposed or underexposed, the result can be an image that is flat, grey or overpowering, causing undesired halos.

One of the benefits of my new studio is that I have all of my gear available, and can go from natural light to black to colored backdrop to pure white “high key” in just a few minutes. Plus the brick walls rock!

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