High Key Soft

Photographing white clothing on a white background can be tricky, but in this photography class Karl shows you an effective lighting setup to successfully do just that.

In this four light photography tutorial Karl uses the simplest of studio lighting modifiers to produce this beautiful full length high key image. He also shares a number of useful tips and techniques when it comes to achieving a pure white background.

Karl then demonstrates another useful trick for how to create a slight shadow while maintaining the high key light, accentuating the three dimensionality. To end the class, he then clarifies a common misconception about the color white and shows you how to simply adjust this setup to achieve a grey background.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Studio photography: How to shoot portrait images
  • How to shoot creative portraiture using four lights
  • Affordable modifiers for studio lights
  • How to create broad, soft light
  • How to avoid lens flare
  • How to create a pure white background

For more techniques how to achieve a pure white background, click here.

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles

Comments

  1. hi karl
    I would like to know how to light a model in a soft high key to shoot a video. The model is walking towards the camera. Do you have any video where you explain it?
    thanks

    1. Hi, Let’s first deal with your requirements and then apply the physics. The reason I say this is if you understand light and you’ve watched this chapter then you should already be able to work this out yourself. https://www.karltayloreducation.com/class/introduction-and-understanding-light/ after that if we take point 1. you require soft light so this requires a very large light source such as a huge softbox, scrim or white wall with bounced light. You then say model walking towards camera so you most likely need the light full length of the model and over some distance, this then means your light area needs to be even larger so my first thought would be a large cove studio and using one of the white cove walls with several lights bouncing into it or a very large softbox moving alongside and in time with the model. Point 2. is High Key, high key simply means mostly bright and punchy so pure white backgrounds and light clothes. So simply apply the physics from what you know and learn in these courses and the answers become clear. This module might also give you some ideas https://www.karltayloreducation.com/class/studio-lighting-setups-portraits-four-light-52/

  2. Good morning Karl, first of all thank you for these beautiful courses and I apologize if I speak little but English is not my language. About this, a further thank you for the clarity in expressing yourself, I thought I would not have been able to understand the courses. The videos are well made I wanted to focus on this video because it affects me and the white backdrop is always a challenge in commercial photography. I understand that making chapters with one, two, three and four lights is very useful.. A separate chapter dedicated to the white backdrop and the various ways of doing it, without thinking about the equipment used, would be very useful.. Thinking it as a real work on commission, full length and without post-production intervention. There are dozens of photos to take in one day and the photographer need to be able to optimize time. Thinking, in this chapter, of sets made with all the comforts, for example in a rental studio or as it happens to me, set up on site by the customer, often with little space and without assistant. I hope this does not seem like a criticism, but only a further enrichment to this already very complete course.

    1. Hey Gerry, I don’t know how Karl achieved this result… But I usually can achieve this with a combination of the clone stamp tool, on a separate layer and then using the lasso tool to define the area around my models feet, and then applying a Gaussian Blur in photoshop.

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