Hi fellow photographer, how is it going? I’m Michael Zelbel and with me I still got Cousin Kate who you might know from another blog post where we shot some photos of her Chinese dragon tattoo on her wonderful lower back and today we will shoot the same tattoo but in a different style. Today we will go high key with a lot of light. Kate one question, your dragon she is named Lucy, right? Can Lucy spit fire like a really bad dragon can do, huh?
No Lucy cannot spit fire, she is a nice dragon!
Ah okay! So Lucy won’t give us enough light, so we will throw a lot of light on to Lucy and burn it away with light, you will see.
So this photo shoot the model is always showing us her back of course and the camera is on f/11 tripod, nicely sharp on 1/250s because that is the fastest sync speed of the camera. The back drop is a simple white paper back drop and the light is coming out of the speed light for shoot for umbrellas; that is one camera left in a 45 degree angle pointing from a light, start pointing down to the model’s buttocks and exactly the same camera right. And there is a 3rd speed light which is laying on the ground together with the shoot for umbrella so it is pointing up to her buttocks. So it is a nice triangle of light making sure every part of her buttocks is absolutely in light and all of these speed lights are in one and the same TTL group and they are all on plus 1.5 so they are over exposing and it is pretty over exposed but it is not up to a degree where we would loose the skin texture, it is just too bright. If I want to be really safe I would probably go to plus 1or plus 1.5 and then later on in light room, turn up the exposure artificially. But I tried it out and for me it turned out 1.5 has given me a really nicely high key result straight out of the camera. All right that is already it!
So this were some really nice high key shots and I think the big take away is, if you have got a subject which is living off contrast like a dark tattoo on the skin. Then high key is a technique which emphasis set contrast and so it is really suitable for these sorts of situations and yeah, I think you should give it a try. I hope to see you on the next video next Thursday then I wish you good light.