High-key?

I often notice high-key images, especially when looking at lifestyle, beauty and wedding photography, so I decided to test if I can apply the effect to my narrative portraits and if it suits my aim of story-telling.

Here are some examples:

http://www.yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk/jacob-and-pauline/

http://twomuchstyle.com/twomuchstyle-collaborates-with-aquage-on-modern-salon-editorial/

http://www.joelgrimes.com/GalleryMain.asp?GalleryID=25273&AKey=P7FJP8B4

http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/people-parties/bazaar-at-work/news/a37788/work-it-out-yulia-rorstrom/

I think that the effect works benefits  aforementioned photography styles, it highlights life perfection in lifestyle photography, emphasizes happiness of a moment in wedding photography and compliments freshness and health in beauty photography. But does it fit narrative photography?

I don’t want to go too far with that because I don’t want to loose any details. I’m always considering what to include into the frame to develop narrative, all the objects and whole environment are clues to reading my photographs and I don’t want them to disappear in overexposed image.

So here are my examples of images that has been previously edited including saturation correction – original/made lighter using curves in Photoshop/and even lighter:

I do like the effect applied to these images because it promotes the story – in most cases people migrate to improve some or all qualities of their lives, financial, political, environmental or other situation. And I think light tones here work similar as in lifestyle photography, they highlight a better quality of life. I prefer the second type of editing for each image because it develops narrative and still looks natural (unlike the third example of each image).

In overall I consider high-key photography a tool for idealizing narrative and might be used if that idealization corresponds a message to a viewer.

https://fstoppers.com/education/joel-grimes-shows-how-create-super-soft-images-one-light-51707

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/histograms1.htm

http://www.breathingcolor.com/blog/light-values/

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