Assignment #29 – Low-Key Images

After last week’s high-key assignment, we thought we would switch gears and ask you to consider creating low-key images.

What is low-key photography? Low-key photography is a genre of photography where natural or artificial light is emphasized only in specific areas in the frame. The remaining part of the frame is dark.

Low-key photography tips:

Low-key photography requires a dark background. Here are a few tips to help achieve this:

Firstly, use a black backdrop; this is the easiest way to achieve a consistent dark background.

Second, keep your subject forward; the less light that hits the background, the darker it will be. If you are using an isolated source of light you want to make sure that it is hitting only your subject and not the backdrop..

Third, keep your ISO as low as possible; this will keep down the noise. You may need to use some exposure composition to keep your overall scene dark.

After you have created your image, upload it to our Muench University Facebook page. Our pros will be waiting to offer helpful commentary, and we also encourage you to leave comments on each other’s images.

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Assignment #20 – Silhouettes

Silhouettes are a creative way to convey drama, mystery, emotion, and mood to the viewers of your photos. This type of photography is an excellent study of how the direction of light can drastically affect the resulting images. Silhouette photography is all about composition, lighting, and exposure.

Assignment #28 – High Key Images

This week’s assignment is to create impactful high-key images. High key photography is a style of photography that uses unusually bright lighting to reduce or completely blow out dark shadows in the image. High-key shots usually lack dark tones, and the high-key look is generally thought of as a positive and upbeat style of photography.

Assignment #32 – April Showers Bring May Flowers

This week’s assignment is to share photos of these beautiful blooms. But before we unleash you with your camera in hand, we wanted to give you five tips that will help you create better photos of the flowers in your neck of the woods.

Assignment #25 – Still Life

Still life photography can be a really fun challenge, and the good news is that you already have what you need in your very own home! You can use fruits, shells, flowers for a more natural look, or you can use ordinary household items, too.

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