Originally Posted by RHWeiner
High Key, for me, means that the image has a 'washed out' look to it to the point that normal skin goes from 'pink' to white. This also means that any other colors are going to be affected. Perhaps I'm wrong on this?
I am not sure about the washed out look nor eth4e white skin tones.
For many years, the high key look has been more about the "key" of the background, and clothing. However the skin tone should remain as such. That is not to say that white skin would not be high key also, but just not a requirement.
That iis what makes high key more difficult.
My example is not the best, because I wasn't trying to get a completely white background, but the "Key" is high key because of the clothing, hair color, and background.
For a more precise hi-key portrait, I use two small lights to brighten the background. One on either side of the background and at a 45 degree angle, pointed towards the background.