Naturally, High Key portraits should be done with a studio lighting and it is good to have at least three light sources, plus reflectors. Photographer for a purpose overexposing most of the objects in a scene, making them look just pure white. Very few shadows can be left on a model’s face.
However, with the mister PhotoShop in charge, we can have the same effect on a regular, normally exposed image. Below I’ll show you how to do
a pseudo High Key photography using Photoshop.
The original image:
Desaturate image if you like black and white photography:
I like to desaturate it, but not completely, leaving some color:
Apply unsharp mask:
Make light areas on the image more lighter and dark areas darker using levels.
Play with sliders (do not copy mine) , you’ll you have a different image:
Now we will use Dodge tool to make middle areas even more lighter:
Make image more contrast, if you like:
The final image should look like this:
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