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Old January 24th 04, 04:09 AM
M&M
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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?



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Old January 24th 04, 06:55 AM
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"M&M" wrote in message
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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?

Try rec.photo.technique.people


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Old January 24th 04, 10:06 PM
Matt Clara
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"M&M" wrote in message
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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?




Print with a 3 1/2 or 4 filter?

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Old January 25th 04, 05:32 AM
Ken Hart
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Default High-key portrait


"Matt Clara" wrote in message
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"M&M" wrote in message
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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?




Print with a 3 1/2 or 4 filter?


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


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Old January 26th 04, 11:43 AM
BobW
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Default High-key portrait

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.




"Ken Hart" wrote in message
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"Matt Clara" wrote in message
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"M&M" wrote in message
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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?




Print with a 3 1/2 or 4 filter?


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




 




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