May Photo Contest – High Key – Entry Deadline

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Date(s) - Sun, Apr 25, 2021 - Sat, May 1, 2021
12:00 am - 5:00 pm

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In photography today, a high-key image is one that is almost entirely very bright with very little or no dark shadows present. This is usually a creative decision made by the photographer, in order to create a certain mood in the image.

A bright, “airy” image most often creates a light, pleasant mood, as opposed to a dark, shadowy image which most often creates a dramatic, romantic, or even scary mood. A good photographer knows how to use not just lighting, but also pose and composition and other elements to create an impactful high-key photograph.

It may sometimes be as easy as over-exposing an existing scene by two or three stops, however often a proper high-key image requires careful attention to the balance of light between subject and background, often preserving detail in the subject while nearly or totally blowing out much of the background.

The image should be where the overall tone of the photograph is light (above middle grey), while still retaining detail in the highlights.

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