High-key portrait

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by M&M, Jan 24, 2004.

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    M&M Guest

    How do I get that High-key portrait look with B&W film? I have a white wall
    and no studio lighting. However I have a strobe and a few $2 light fixtures
    from the local hardware store.

    Do I extend development to intentionally blow the highlights?
     
    M&M, Jan 24, 2004
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    otzi Guest

    Try rec.photo.technique.people
     
    otzi, Jan 24, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Print with a 3 1/2 or 4 filter?
     
    Matt Clara, Jan 24, 2004
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    Ken Hart Guest

    If you want the background to go all white, then make sure that the
    background receives at least one stop more exposure than the subject. More
    than one stop won't hurt; after all, you want the background over-exposed.
    For example: Assume that the distance from your flash to the subject is 11
    feet. Then expose the background with the same amount of light from 8 feet
    (or less) away.

    In my studio, I use separate background strobes that illuminate only the
    background.

    Others may disagree, but I don't like the idea of a special darkroom
    technique to compensate for what should be on the film. (but that's just
    me!)

    Ken Hart
     
    Ken Hart, Jan 25, 2004
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    BobW Guest

    I have managed to get a high-key "pencil sketch" effect with a normal
    negative by using a high contrast setting on the enlarger and under
    exposing/developing the print.
     
    BobW, Jan 26, 2004
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