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High key shot with the D100 question
Old 12-07-2003, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After taking the good advice on high key photography from some of the members here on GG. I went and tryed it with a new shoot I did. I measured the white background and set it to f11. The flashheads were behind the model on each side hitting the white background. Then I measured the flash on the model and set it for f8. I set my camera for f8 and did a few test shots. The pictures looked over exposed. not by much but just enough to make me think I needed to change something. My question is this.. Do you keep the camera set on matrix or center weighted when shooting high key pictures ?

I had to rush to get the shoot done and did not have time to play with the camera settings to much..

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Re: High key shot with the D100 question
Old 12-08-2003, 12:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You're not using the in-camera meter, right? You're using your flash meter and setting the camera accordingly.

Therefore, it matters not what sort of meter pattern your camera uses. Right???
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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No.. I use a hand meter and set off the flashes for the background while holding the meter in front of the background. Then I set the meter in front of the model and again fired the flash infront of the model only. Back ground f11 and the front flash on the model f8. Should I checked the flash meter infront of the model while firing all 3 flashes ? Matrix metering on the camera looks at the whole image and center wieghted looks at more of the center of the picture for exp.

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Re: High key shot with the D100 question
Old 12-08-2003, 10:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the point he was trying to make, is that you should be manually setting the exposure on the camera, once you have determined what it should be with a manual meter. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
 
 
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You've probably got the model too close to the background. One nice feature of high key is that you can vary the exposure on the model by walking her toward or away from the background. For the "proper" exposure you have to have the model far enough ahead of the background that you don't get lots of spill from the lights on the background.

I like to use the spill for effect.



By the way -- on metering. Yep, you meter the lights one at a time -- not together. The on-camera meter is irrelevant in studio lighting.

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Re: High key shot with the D100 question
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I agree with the others that you should make sure you set your camera on manual if you did not before. Also I set my background to 1/2 f/stop over my subject not a full stop. But I do measure independantly and then set the exposure to the combination of all three lights. Because light is additive. And depending on the location of the lights and model you may be getting some spill from your background lights onto the model.

My two pennys anyway.

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I have a question about the definition of "high key". I've looked and found 2 different definitions. One of them has to do with the location of the key light in relation to the model. The other has to do with whether light tones or dark tones are emphasized (i.e. exposure).

I understand that the one being used in this post has to do with exposure. Does anyone use the term when referring to the location of the key light any more? Or should I assume that if a photographer is trying for high key or low key they're always referring to the exposure of the picture?
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I have a question about the definition of "high key". I've looked and found 2 different definitions. One of them has to do with the location of the key light in relation to the model. The other has to do with whether light tones or dark tones are emphasized (i.e. exposure).

I understand that the one being used in this post has to do with exposure. Does anyone use the term when referring to the location of the key light any more? Or should I assume that if a photographer is trying for high key or low key they're always referring to the exposure of the picture?
If someone says they are trying for high key or low key they are referring to a style. If I were talking about the position of the key light, I'd say "key light was placed high and to the right" or something to that effect. I wouldn't say "I used a high key light...".

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