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It baffled me for years too. Quite simply, the average amount of light reflected off objects around us is 18%. Some things are darker, some things are brighter. But 18% is average. Our eyes will perceive this average reflectance as the midtone to the highlights and shadows around us. Some other people have used maths and graphs to explain the difference ...


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Start with a big window on the right side for a large, natural light source. Have a black sheet or similar on the side of the model away from the lights to kill all reflections, as there is no lighting on the model's left side. Use a fast lens, as DOF is pretty shallow. Experiment & practice.


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I would like to know how to get this particular effect in photoshop. Images such as the example in this question aren't primarily about the post processing - they're about lighting the scene to get the look you want when shooting it. There are no real post processing "tricks" to take a high key portrait and make it look like a well lit low key portrait. ...



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