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By probie
this photo was taken at the local park, i then used exposure and gamma correction, i wanted the modern look studios do recently.

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 6:38PM
My daughter in law had some pictures done by a new local professional. I use the word loosely. They were like this. I'm a bit old fashioned, and I appreciate you are trying to copy a style. It just looks over lit and over exposed to me. I would much prefer a correctly exposed, by my standards, shot because this looks potentially really very good.

Attractive shot, super composition, but, for me, grossly over exposed/lit. Purely a subjective comment.


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probie 9 22 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 7:41PM
hi paulbroad, thanks for your comments, i agree this is over exposed but it was fun getting there, and i quite like it, i prefer taking impromptu photos rather than posed for people, this is the original untouched photo, it was a cold day but she still had fun.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
1 Feb 2013 2:55AM
Hi Peter. Thanks for uploading the original too.

Its not a bad effort at High Ket photography. Look up some tutorials both on this site, and Google to see techniques for a better result.

This for me is not bright enough for high key, and it has a pinkish tone to the face. So yes its overexposed, but its supposed to be, but you need to correct the colour cast, sharpen, and retrieve some details.

So lets start with the original, get that right, then try the high key.

The original is underexposed quite a bit. You might wonder why that matters if youre going to make it very bright anyway, - and the reason is colour accuracy, and sharpness, and a better outcome.

Ive applied a mod to the original, mod1, and then used this as a basis for the high key shot. Your shot has lost sharpness, and a little too much of important facial details. You can go a lot brighter, and still retain the essential elemenrs using a layer. I used an overall brightnedd boost using a curves adjustment, removed most of it from eyes, nose and mouth, and then applied a diffuse glow distortion filter, - again removing it from the same areas.

This result is mod2.

Hope this is helpful, and you like the mods, and see the thought process.


paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 7:51AM
Willie's first mod, the corrected and re-composed image is a cracker. That's how it should look. High key, to me, is studio oriented and everything is light and bright, thus usually requiring a blonde model.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
1 Feb 2013 2:59PM
Thanks Paul.

probie 9 22 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 3:51PM
Hi there banehawi, thankyou for the mods, I must say the high key one is better than my own, I also like the b&w one, would it be possible for you to provide me with a more detailed description of the process, I am only a beginner with photoshop cs6, many thanks
probie 9 22 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 3:57PM
Hi again banehawi, I meant to also say that both my wife and I are very impressed with what you have done, and to thankyou as I hope it will much improve the way I aproach the way I do these sort of photographs in the future.
probie 9 22 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 8:56PM
hi stu8, the mods look good, they have a sepia look to them.

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