May 01, 2012
Categories: Tutorial Tuesday
Tutorial Tuesday: High Key Photography
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! Sarah of Naptime Momtog and I will be bringing you a new challenge every week, to stretch your shooting and editing skills. A few weeks ago, Sarah shared a tutorial on how to do Low Key Photography. This week, she will be sharing the opposite: High Key Photography!

Unlike low key photography, high key photography’s goal is to avoid shadows. I never realized how much I enjoyed high key photography until I started looking at other high key images. My white dining room table really comes in handy…and considering how infrequently I have someone other than myself to photograph, I spend a lot of time photographing inanimate objects using this technique. 

Be sure to click over to Sarah’s blog for some tips on shooting high key photography. In the meantime, I pulled a few of my favorite high key images taken over the past year.
Colored Pencils RS2
One of the things I love most about using my white table (or white foam board if you don’t have a white table) is the reflection I’m able to capture. For product photography, I think it creates a lot of impact.
Bright Future RS
High key photography doesn’t always require super clean backgrounds. For this particular image, I placed my sunglasses on the window sill of my hotel room during a bachelorette weekend. The light pouring in gave the illusion that my glasses were glowing.
Sweet Treat RS
Here’s another example of product or food photography using a high key approach. In Sarah’s tutorial, she references a trick I used a few months ago to really make your background white white. In case you missed it, click HERE.
Tea Droplet RS
I don’t know if this particular shot completely counts, but I threw it in anyways. Every so often, I find myself taking photos in the bathroom. Unfortunately, I don’t always have adequate lighting so I supplement by using my speedlight. Actually, I have been known to bring out my speedlight at night when I realize I need a new photo for the next day. High key photography completely works with it because I don’t really want the shadows.
High Key Sunglasses (High key: 52 of 2011:week #13)Finally, I remember taking this photo in a parking lot while waiting to meet Sarah for dinner. It might have been a tad bit overexposed, but I for purposes of high key photography – it totally works. 

Ready to join in the fun? Here’s how to do it:

1. Read through today’s tutorial.
2. Choose your favorite shot (or more!) to share with us.
3. Don’t forget to grab the button for your post!
4. Link up between now and next Monday.

Tutorial Tuesday

PS: If you have any photography or editing suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let Sarah or me know! We would love to feature your tutorial.

    such amazing shots!! seriously you are so incredibly talented!! love these tutorials that you share!! you rock!!

    Wow ! Those photos are gorgeous ! You’re right, it’s much more interesting with a white white background :D

    These are all really really great, Ashley! I love the colored pencil one, so neat how they kinda fade into the light and I agree about the reflection, it’s something I rarely think about, but reflections always leave me in awe!

    I really like the faucet photo. I have been so out of practice shooting lately with all of the sickness at my house. You have inspired me to to make myself take some shots.

    Ahhhh- I was hoping you wouldn’t post that cupcake :) Now I have to make some. I think my fav is those pencils. It really is fabulous.

    I just love your work!! :)

    Wow girlie .. these are just DOWNRIGHT fabulous! Esp. LOVE the cupcake and the pencils! :D LVOE LOVE LOVE

    Great photos! This definitely makes me want to experiment with this technique now.

    Absolutely love these shots!

    These are great, Ashley. I might just have to try this.

    I love them all!! So awesome!!

    Ashley all of your images are fantastic as always. I really enjoyed this tutorial. I’m glad I found a way to photograph my knitting at night :)

    Thanks, Ashley, for this tutorial. It was just the inspiration I needed.

    Ashley, these photos are all just beautiful! You gals always get my creative juices going and I will now HAVE to try this. I especially love the photo of you with the sunglasses…awesome!

    I’m so happy you posted this technique! I’ve always wondered how people got shots with such white backgrounds! I love the cupcake shot. And the glasses shot.

    A-mazing Ashley! LOVE every shot.

    I didn’t think my shot would turn out, but I really like it! Thanks for the challenge!