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By AdrianTurner a High Key portrait, not sure if it works. Any suggestions/advise on this would be very welcomed, as are all your comments.
If any one has tips or a PS action to aid in creating High Key images, I would be very grateful if you could share it with me/us.


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Voters: agmcbride, mikears, helena and 16 more

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vivo 14 24 Australia
14 Oct 2004 2:42PM
works for me. i cant see anything wrong in this high key shot. specially the very nice accent on the eyes and lips! Well done and keep on shooting!!! Click!


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stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 2:45PM
Also works for me, if this is a first attempt keep them coming!!
AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
14 Oct 2004 2:49PM
Thanks for the encouragement guys, most appreciated.
Kim19 15 31
14 Oct 2004 2:50PM
I like it, but somehow the shadow over the right eye is bugging me.
Other than that a great shot.

The only way i use PS to help achieve a high key affect is from adjusting the curves and playing with the saturation. You could also play with the levels a bit to get it right before playing with the curves. Apart from that it's practice and playing - i scrap so many images because i'm not sure on them.

mikears 13 89 Canada
14 Oct 2004 2:55PM
This is a nice image for sure - What is the high-key effect??? Is it the "over exposed" look, that I've recently read about in photography magazine?

14 Oct 2004 2:58PM
If you want to mail me a version I can give you some tips. K.
agmcbride 15 3
14 Oct 2004 3:02PM
Great shot, better than the ones i've just posted.

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
14 Oct 2004 3:04PM
I'm not really overawed by high key portraits, although this one did catch my eye. It's a great piece of work, I wonder if a little more saturated colours in the eyes might work. But it certainly works really well as it
AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
14 Oct 2004 3:06PM
Kim thanks for your comments, agree about the shadow and probably a little below the same eye.

Mike in short, yes.

K I'll send you the original, if I can decipher your email address. Think I've sussed it.
AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
14 Oct 2004 3:07PM
Alistair, Ade. your comments are well appreciated.
shane 13 7 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 3:09PM
I love this shot the way it is


helena 14 134 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 3:18PM
Excellent, well done!
AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
14 Oct 2004 3:23PM
Shane, Helena, thanks for stopping by and commenting, appreciated.
UserHasLeft 14 654
14 Oct 2004 3:24PM
Hi Adrian, hope you're well. This is an excellent piece of work, very striking and well produced.

The high key effect has worked nicely, in my opinion. My only concern is what look like a couple of loose strands bang over the middle of the left eye. That, coupled with the shadow is perhaps spoiling the overall effect?

This is good stuff, like it Smile
14 Oct 2004 3:25PM
It certainly catches your eye, well done click
AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
14 Oct 2004 3:55PM
Mike, your right about those strands of hair, Ive uploaded as is because Ive been struggling to get the high key effect for hours and am hoping for advice on how to achieve it more easily/better. I should have paid more attention to the finer points. As always, your observations are appreciated.

Dave, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

shidee 13 9
14 Oct 2004 4:11PM
great shot
UserHasLeft 14 654
14 Oct 2004 4:33PM
Adrian, I downloaded THIS a while back. It has a number of excellent effects. Not sure if it's too much of a one-stop solution for you but perhaps worth a look if you haven't already seen it Smile
AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
14 Oct 2004 4:49PM
Cheers Mike, I'll have a play with this tonight.

bikemad 14 87
14 Oct 2004 5:49PM
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14 Oct 2004 5:58PM
Adrian, just had a look at the image you sent across. To get the hi key do an auto levels, then use the curves (bringing down to about 85%. Channel mixer to bring back some warmth into the hair (just a slight touch of red) or use a bit of saturation. Apart from that a bit of cloning here and there and however you treated the lips. Took about 10 mins to get the effect without the cloning or lip colouring. Hope this helps.
AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
14 Oct 2004 6:01PM
Cheers K, I'll give it a go.
Hazard 14 1.2k United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 6:06PM
simply fantastic
dconnor 14 47
14 Oct 2004 6:24PM
This works brilliantly, and glad you have asked for some tips on the highkey, as i have been trying touse this but with not much joy!
rletham 14 890 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 9:14PM
By increasing the contrast to get a high key effect, you also increase the colour saturation. This has had the effect of making the image look a little "pop arty" To counter this reduce the saturation by about -50 to -60. I think this will be more subtle.
AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
14 Oct 2004 9:52PM
Thanks Rab. Hopefully my next attempt will be an improvement, based on the advice I have received from you and others.
colin 13 697 5 Scotland
15 Oct 2004 12:33AM
I can't see too much wrong with this, but then I have alot to learn. I'd be delighted to produce something this good. Great colours.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Oct 2004 10:28AM
This is an unusual shot - well it's probably the post production that's given it a slightly synthetic look. I'm thinking of her eyes. They are almost too perfect to be real - which gives it quite a powerful feel.

the full shot is a lot more impressive than the thumbnail suggested.

As for getting High Key in Photoshop... I'm not really that sure, but you could use the Levels and drag the white to the right, or the curvesand pull the curve up. Either of those lightens the shot, but the best way is to experiment really.


22 Oct 2004 6:08AM
Nice one Adrian - like it!

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