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High Key Soft Color Photography Technique

  • Posted May 24, 2012 by Larry Nelson Viewed 2813 times

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Here are a few of the progressive steps in I used in taking and processing a couple of shots of Brenda to attempt the “High Key Soft Color” photography technique. Here's a link [photopoly.net] to some information on the technique.

Others taking the Photographic Technique Challenge are here. [photoblog.com]

Using natural light from our bedroom windows, I set the exposure to over-expose by 2 f-stops.

Using Photoshop Elements 8, I further increased the exposure on the RAW image by 1.5 stops.

Finally, I added an adjustment layer that allowed me to play with the highlights, shadows, and midrange levels until I got this image.

(Am I a lucky man or what!!!)

Same technique, only changed to black and white.

(Yes, her eyes ARE that spectacular!) No Photoshop needed!

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    • # Moira

      Yes lucky you , but I like Brenda in the natural state , these ghostly portraits are rather creepy

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    • # Beth

      yes, you are that lucky!!! great set larry :) thinkin' I like the b&w best. thanks for the link, I'll check it out

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    • # Ray

      Hard to pick a favorite. Although #3 is rather freaky... a head without a body. Those eyes do pop don't they.

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    • # Felecia

      Absolutely gorgeous Larry. She is very beautiful and you photographed her so well.

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    • # Mark

      The slight side profiles of 4 and 5 are great examples of this technique! Thanks for the editing info!

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