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PHOTOGRAPHY by KRISS on 17 july 2016

As I mentioned in the previous post, the high key technique (saturate a background with light, throw in some light on your subject and play around) is also very good for skin tones.
It gives very soft images which I reckon work particularly well to photograph a ballet dancer.

As to my choice of a portrait lens (85mm f1.4) to realise this work, this is first and foremost personal taste and then because I feel it is always necessary to depict someone from head to toes, even a dancer.

This is a mistake I would often make when I started photography, spend hours deleting perfectly good photographs because the framing was absurd.
I am sure there are scores of images I would have kept if I had focused on the atmosphere and feeling of the shots rather than their technical perfection.

It doesn’t mean you have to be sloppy but just that photography has a lot more to do with feeling than anything else !

Many thanks to dancing sleeping beauty Sara who managed to finally wake up after an hour shooting.
The poor thing even sent me a message in the morning to cancel the shoot because she was so tired, and then very professionally sent a message back to maintain it.
Always a pleasure working with fantastic people anyways !

And many thanks to my friend Jimmy whose presence and love for photography is very much welcomed on more and more of my shootings !

#highkey #light #technique

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Jimmy on 2016-07-22
Tell me Kriss, what settings did you use to blow out the back ground and keep Sara exposed correctly when she was in the door way

Kriss on 2016-07-22
Hi Jimmy, f2.2 ISO 100 and 1/200 with a weak light facing her. Then highlights at the top in lightroom to whiten the balcon :)

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