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low key

bertie1983 6 12 England
5 Jun 2012 9:00PM
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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ourdayphotos 5 229 Scotland
5 Jun 2012 9:38PM
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 6 12 England
5 Jun 2012 10:28PM
thanks. Does the room have to be totally dark for it to work?
ourdayphotos 5 229 Scotland
5 Jun 2012 10:59PM
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 Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2012 11:03PM
Try F16 (with flash) or there abouts, as this will help darken the bg
rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2012 11:59PM
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 12 England
6 Jun 2012 8:24AM
Thanks everyone will give it ago and see whst happens Smile
bertie1983 6 12 England
16 Aug 2012 5:41PM

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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