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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?
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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.
thanks. Does the room have to be totally dark for it to work?
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.
Try F16 (with flash) or there abouts, as this will help darken the bg
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.
Thanks everyone will give it ago and see whst happens
Hi again guys heres what I came up with. Not that happy with the results. Any advice on where im going wrong.
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