A Photo A Day Project – high key lighting.

Day 26: This image came about as the result of an off camera flash tutorial I was giving. We created a high key lighting set up and a low key lighting set up. I captured the kangaroo paw flower under high key lighting conditions however I didn’t shoot any low key images as I became a ‘human light stand’ in that demonstration ūüėČ

I wanted an indoor shoot to eliminate any movement of our floral subjects due to the wind.  Although the room has plenty of natural light I overpowered the ambient light by using flash units both on and off camera. We used a large Lastolite soft box as our back light / light box. Placed the flower only centimetres in front of the soft box, and set a flash on camera to use as fill flash and the trigger for the soft box flash.

I chose the last image I shot as my photo a day – I felt all elements were how I envisaged them; high key lighting, correct depth of field and the flower itself was interesting. Camera settings: ISO 320; f20; 1/125th. Canon 100mm 2.8L macro lens. Basic processing in Adobe Lightroom.


I also processed the above shot to highlight the shapes, see below:


Here are my other favourites of the day. This one was my second shot of the day Рcamera settings: ISO 320; f18; 1/100th. Canon 100mm 2.8L macro lens. Basic processing in Adobe Lightroom.Sheryn-Ellis_1148_d26_blog

And lastly another flower head – camera settings: ISO 320; f22; 1/100th canon 100mm 2.8L macro lens. Basic processing in Adobe Lightroom.


I took 28 photos in total today using 6 different flower stems. I love macro photography and I love high key images.

Live. Love. Learn.

Sheryn Ellis, Portrait Photographer.