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    bertie1983
    5 Jun 2012 - 9:00 PM

    I'd like to have a go at low key photography but only have a basic set up (no studio). Any key tips to be going on with?
    thanks
    lou

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    ourdayphotos
    5 Jun 2012 - 9:38 PM

    This was a very simple low key set up for a photo assignment I did for the Photography Institute. 17-55mm lens, black coat for the background with a small amount of flash as the guitar hung on the wall. It really doesn't have to be complicated or difficult.

    bertie1983
    5 Jun 2012 - 10:28 PM

    thanks. Does the room have to be totally dark for it to work?

    ourdayphotos
    5 Jun 2012 - 10:59 PM

    Not if you have a dark background, you'll need to be able to see your subject & focus anyway, it just means that the photo is predominantly dark rather than bright.

    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72224 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Jun 2012 - 11:03 PM

    Try F16 (with flash) or there abouts, as this will help darken the bg

    rogerfry
    rogerfry e2 Member 8506 forum postsrogerfry vcard United Kingdom
    5 Jun 2012 - 11:59 PM

    There seems to be a general misconception that low key shots have to be taken against a black background, and high key shots have to be taken against a white background. Whilst this is often the case, the basic rule for low key is to expose for the highlights , and for high key, expose for the shadow areas.

    If your camera has a spot meter setting, this can be used to good advantage.

    bertie1983
    6 Jun 2012 - 8:24 AM

    Thanks everyone will give it ago and see whst happens Smile

    bertie1983
    16 Aug 2012 - 5:41 PM

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    Hi again guys heres what I came up with. Not that happy with the results. Any advice on where im going wrong.
    Cheers
    Lou

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