For the artistic eye, these images appear to be the most pleasing, but this technique’s washed effect may not appeal to everyone. When unfavourable lighting conditions yield very high contrast, this is a very handy technique to apply and can yield beautiful canvas prints.
In a high-key image, unlike an overexposed image, the lighting on the subject is still acceptable.
I apply these techniques because it gives me the joy to create an artistic image even though my success rate may be low. To create art when conditions are less than optimal gives me the freedom to use any hour of the day. Having said this, we will of course always still seek out the golden hours of the day where these techniques can indeed both be applied with great effect.
There are many surprises out there when you use these techniques and you do not have to be in the Kgalagadi with its sublime light to do so, but you can apply them wherever you happen to be.
So, next time you spot a few thirsty Zebras by an open watering hole just as the best light has gone, still take the photo! Afterward, you will be able to easily overexpose the surroundings in Photoshop. This is because, with high-key photography, you are focusing the attention on the subject rather than its environment, which brings out more detail. The more you do this, the better you will become at finding the best camera settings to take these photos.