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High Key

The Theme for Camera Club #1 Meeting, next week, is High Key.

High Key Rocks


High Key is defined as a uniform lighting pattern with very little modeling; it is exemplified with bright, often 'blown out' or overexposed backgrounds and properly exposed primary subjects. It was often used in early television, when the cameras did not cope well with high contrast differences. ETA: Another Definition: High contrast with mostly highlights & little shadow detail.


It is still used frequently for various purposes. The name comes from the main light (key light) in a lighting set up. Since this is the theme, I'm going to post several items which I'm considering entering this round. Then I'll let y'all know how your responses stack up to the On-Site Judge. That is, of course, if the score sheets are published in a timely manner... I'm still waiting for Augusts to be posted.

And now, the 'judging'...
Poll #1612819 High Key Rocks #1

Technical Quality: includes (but not limited to) lighting, focus, use of depth-of-field, exposure, color or tonal contrast, appropriate backgrounds, lack of distracting elements and presentation of image.

1 - 5 Below Average
0(0.0%)
6 Average
0(0.0%)
7 Above Average
1(33.3%)
8 Superior
2(66.7%)
9 Outstanding
0(0.0%)

Impact: includes (but not limited to) A strong first impression, commands viewers attention, emotion, sensory stimulation, new imaginative approach, and subject matter made more interesting by photographer.

1 - 5 Below Average
0(0.0%)
6 Average
1(33.3%)
7 Above Average
0(0.0%)
8 Superior
1(33.3%)
9 Outstanding
1(33.3%)

Composition: includes (but not limited to) the placement of the subject matter, dynamic symmetry, rhythm or repetition, definition and strength to the center of interest, balance, simplicity, framing, texture, and pattern.

1 - 5 Below Average
0(0.0%)
6 Average
0(0.0%)
7 Above Average
0(0.0%)
8 Superior
3(100.0%)
9 Outstanding
0(0.0%)

Ticky Comments Are Ticky

Ticky!
3(60.0%)
Ticky in the Comment
0(0.0%)
Comment on some other Ticky
1(20.0%)
Srsly! Cmmnt! See? Ticky!
1(20.0%)
Srsly, see comments, eh?
0(0.0%)

Comments

( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
jeliza
Aug. 30th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Huh. That is a radically different definition of High Key than what I am used to.

madshutterbug
Aug. 30th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
What is the definition you are used to? I admit, it's a quick lookup to a site which is not always as accurate as could be. However, it did fit... mostly.
jeliza
Aug. 30th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
High Key in my classes was defined as an image that was almost entirely midtones and higher, with low contrast. (Low Key, it's opposite, was predominantly midtones and lower, also with low contrast)

Of course, there is also the "positioning your key light high", like butterfly lighting, but that's a different ball of wax.

And it has been a few years since school. :)
madshutterbug
Aug. 30th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm... by that definition I am not sure this particular version of 'Rocks' would be high-key.
jeliza
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Probably not. :) But I don't know which definition your club is using; I've been wrong about "Standard definitions" before. :)
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