Ditch Auto Photography Challenge Week 6 High Key Photography

Week #6 – High Key Photography – Photo Challenge

In Photography by Jerad HillLeave a Comment

It’s supposed to rain all week where I live, but it’s going to be a bright week in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. This week we are challenging ourselves to take a high key photo.

High Key Photography is a term associated with an image that has a very bright main light. Often that bright background light is wrapping around the subject. The “key light” in a photo is often the strongest source of light. If outdoors, your key light would often be the sun unless you used strobe lights to over power the sun. In a studio, the key light is normally the main light used to light your subject, while the other lights are there to create depth and control shadows.

I have found that many of my high key photos were taken in situations where the light was way too intense to control. Sometimes the only thing you can do with a photo like that is to desaturate it into a black and white photo. I had a hard time finding a high key photo from my archives that was not a black and white photo.

High key doesn’t mean blown out. If you search online, you will often find high key photos that have so much light pouring into them that it appears the apocalypse has just happened behind them. Having your main light source be high key simply means that your main source of light is very bright. From there it is up to you as the photographer to decide what that means.

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The challenge this week is to try and capture a high key photo. You can accomplish this with the sun, bright light coming through a window, a spotlight, or photography strobes. It’s up to you. For some inspiration, take a look at the photos below.

Upload your Week #5 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1428635440493653&type=1

If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge

Here are a few examples of High Key Photography from photos I have taken in the past.

High Key Wedding Photo

Sony a7RII + Zeiss Batis 85mm – 1/160th, f/1.8, ISO 400

High Key Wedding Photo

Canon 5D Mark III + 50mm 1.2L – 1/160th, f/4.0, ISO 250

Canon 5D Mark III + 24-70mm 2.8L II – 1/160th, f/9, ISO 250

Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos.

Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute it in the form of a photo.

If you have not already, please watch the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo Challenge kick-off video and the rules video to better understand what this challenge is about. See those videos here: https://gearandlight.com/ditchauto/announcing-ditch-auto-weekly-photo-challenge/

When you have created the image you want to submit for the challenge, return to the Facebook group and upload it as a comment under the post for this challenge. This challenge will be pinned to the group all week, so it should be the top most post in the group.

If you post your photo or other photos from the challenge to your social media profiles such as Instagram, make sure to use the hashtag #DitchAutoChallenge in your post.

Good luck! If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below this post or on Facebook in the group under the post for this week’s challenge. I am super excited to see what you all come up with. I will be out doing this challenge with all of you this week. See you in the Facebook Group.

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