Low Key Portraits: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

Low Key Portraits: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey


Low Key lighting is more then simply photographing against a black background. Join us in this episode as photographer Gavin Hoey explains the technique of a correctly exposed image that mostly learns towards the dark side.

If you shoot in a small home or portable studio, low key lighting is one of the best lighting styles to learn and this video will give you some amazing ideas to start you off.

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Photos by Gavin Hoey

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a picture says a thousand words. this one says about 50 thousands, and entire course condensed in one image. print this chart, laminate it, have it in your pocket and look at it when you pull out your camera and try to learn to control it.
this is for beginners still trying to figure out the exposure triangle and what settings do what

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    Djordje Cicovic September 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Is it possible to post a link for purchasing black bacground that you use in this video. Thanks cheers

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    Steve Healy September 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Great tip on removing the lightbox. Many thanks.

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    Sajiram Sajeep September 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    love it

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    Jaffar Al Mosaed September 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    That was simple but brilliant indeed

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    Nguyễn Duy September 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    have you a link facebook i want see and learn you. from viet nam

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    trog lodyte September 4, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    great model, she really cared about the shot and you could see that in the way she changed her pose.

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    amthunder1 September 4, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you Gavin. This was excellent. You answered three big questions for me in one shot!
    Low key, Metering and Photoshop!

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    Antony “LOVE” Shalini September 4, 2016 at 7:09 pm


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    Pavitr Kunder (paviphoto) September 4, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Every Adorama video has to end with a photoshop tutorial..

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    José Campos September 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Great tutorial!!! I wonder about the hilite. what fun can you do with it and is it possible to change color background using gels or maybe it's not possible? I hope you will do a tutorial on that. All I know there are 3 sizes and is the smallest choice a good buy?

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    D love September 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you!!!!!!

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    C-Los Camerawork September 4, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you for this video! Awesome information +Gavin Hoey

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    Vipp tengpratip September 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    What kind of light metering that you use?

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    spidiq8 September 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    This was great to watch a real feeling of nostalgia as I remember your PS tutorials from when I used to get Digital Photo magazine which came with the great and varied photo tutorial CD's, (Which I still have and taught me many PS tips and tricks)

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    Pantelis Xikis September 4, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you for all the lessons!

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    Arnab Basu September 4, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    hi i m Arnab.I want to buy a new dslr camera.plz suggest me between canon 700d or nikon d5200?

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    Dwayne Helmich September 5, 2016 at 12:04 am

    It's actually an image, not a picture… There's a big difference between those 2.

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    Andrea Loring September 5, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Thanks for this useful tool.

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    GlitchMyRide September 5, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Thank you so much!

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    bella September 5, 2016 at 1:18 am

    thank you so much for sharing the picture! I am learning photography and I understand it better now!

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    Aintz Abew September 5, 2016 at 1:20 am

    in my dsl only F4.5, I used canon 700D..

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    Achi Gabon September 5, 2016 at 1:30 am

    I think this is the article from lifehack.org that you were referring too.
    also, read that there was another source which may be the original source anyway.
    Thanks for your help!

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    November Dollies September 5, 2016 at 1:37 am

    this is so helpful

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    Faris Ghazali September 5, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Thanks for the photo, really help! I'm really into photography right now… For anyone new, I just found this free class on color management for design, photography and the web, http://skl.sh/2aqd8bi , hope that helps!

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    Shu Image September 5, 2016 at 2:51 am

    I think the guy who created this was Daniel Peters at Hamburger Fotospots Cheatcard. It has a creative commons on it. This person operates from Germany. God bless him and you to Christian. Thanks for sharing.

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    Phavantha Mao September 5, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Wow! this is awesome. Thank you for sharing and making this video. extremely extremely helpful to get my mind around all these terms. with this pic…now i get it! :)

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    Kipstaah September 5, 2016 at 4:13 am

    OMG this is absolutely perfect for me to understand these !!

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    Geert Lesage September 5, 2016 at 4:40 am

    the credit for this cheatcard goes to Hamburger Fotospots Cheatcard at hamburger-fotospots.de

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    Shital Sinhar September 5, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Thanks for the share… Appreciate your noble and honest quest to assign the credit to the person who created it..

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