High Contrast

High Key & High Contrast People, Edit B

High Key & High Contrast People, Edit B

High Key & High Contrast People, Edit B
High Key & High Contrast, B&W People Photography.

How to…

Well, I have added this two-photo frame to my Photostream (@ Flickr) because I was asked, recently, how I did my high key & high contrast people photos. I’m OK with sharing knowledge.

IF you are interested in this type of “High-K-C” photography, then you can always begin with using my method as your initial point and then find your style…that’s always best.

My Process:

Start out with a good color photograph.  Then, convert it anyway you wish to, to B&W.  I use PhotoImpact X3, implementing any native or 3rd Party filter (plugin) to convert to B&W.  I like OptikverveLabs Filters – such as “Satin Steel” (under PRESETS – B&W), to convert to a B&W image.  You will have many ways to adjust the Presets to get the look you want.

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** Using the various levers to control Contrast, Brightness…choice to use Red, Blue, or Green filters brightness, Softness (increases brightness), and a number of secondary filters (the EFFECTS box), allows you a good range of ways to get that High Key and High Contrast Look. **

After the conversion – effects step, I usually adjust the high-mid-low tones in PhotoImpact to get the look I want from a “High K-C” Photo.

My final steps may be working with the Dodge & Soften Tools to clean up any “sharp” edges (where the tone transitions are not very gradual).

Well, there it is…I’ve told you one of the tools I use, sometimes, that I like for good effects.  I won’t tell you the exact settings I use because you should not carbon copy styles…this is where you challenge yourself to develop your own style, and simply what your eye tells you is cool.


Uploaded by BEHIND the LENS with Nawfal Nur on 15 Jan 09, 2.05PM MYT.