High Key Soft Color Photography Technique

by Larry Nelson May. 24, 2012 2923 views

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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Ricardo 5 years, 4 months ago

your wife is beautiful! i've always said that!

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jennifer Litwinowicz 5 years, 4 months ago

great set!!! i love all of them and brenda always looks stunning:)

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Moira 5 years, 4 months ago

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

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 5 years, 4 months ago

Just fantastic wonderful capture of your 'Lovely Lady'

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay 5 years, 4 months ago

Yes, beautiful eyes!

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Beth 5 years, 4 months ago

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

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Franelhombre 5 years, 4 months ago

good shots ...... ....... beautiful model.............. beautiful portraits

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ray King 5 years, 4 months ago

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

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Felecia 5 years, 4 months ago

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

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 5 years, 4 months ago

Awesome work...

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 5 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for making me look good, Hon! I'm gonna use one of these on my Medicare card!

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Mark 5 years, 4 months ago

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

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
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