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High key photoshoot

I asked a friend if his daughter would like to join my high key photoshoot, and the next day he asked me allready when the shoot was. So i build my high key studio in my livingroom. working on this story now...

My living room is rather long so it is a great thing to build the studio here. highkeystudioFor me it was the first time to do a high key shoot and on the right you can see my setup.

I used a lot of light before a white backdrop. three soft boxes and two speed lights with umbrella's. You can see the flowers as a result of this setup. However I did not get the shutter speed high enough for a shoot out of my hand. There was still not enough light, so I used my tripod to for my camera and asked the models to stay still.  

My first tryout shots with me as a model showed me I had just enough room for body shots,mehighkey and I used a third flash on my camera to control the speedlights and to bring in some front light as well. Everything worked out fine but I believe my approach was not the best one.

In a real high key studio, all the walls are white so there is many white light bounching from all the walls. In a livingroom is this not the case.

For the final results I turned up the exposure compensation 3 stops! with a aperture of 4.5 and my iso on 800. shutterspeed around a third of a second. The lens I use is a 105 mm 2.8 nikon. So maybe this is the problem, I had to stand  far away, almost at the end of my livingroom, to bring the models in the shot.

I like the lens very much for portraits and close ups. Special for shooting children because they are more comfortable when i am not so close when i take the pictures.

Finally I used the raws in photoshop. cropped and white balanced, smooth the skin a little and thats it. I also made a short movie from some of the pictures i made from Bo. The first time i worked with adob premiere pro and after effects. Learning every day, but i love it! Below you can see the results of my shoot.  

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