DogShotz Photography | Project52/week11/HighKey


March 17, 2017  •  6 Comments




Indianapolis, IN




Week 11

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "High Key"


Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


"High Key" photography is when the majority of the tones in the photograph fall in the highlight region. If you ever browse through CLICK magazine you see this style a lot! I find it very pleasing. Typically, the key tones in any image are the midtones. (Which is how I typically shoot). So, high key means mapping the key tones or midtones to a higher tone level. Simple right? In theory anyway! My goal this week was to capture a few images where I increased my exposure so the highlight tones became whiter and the shadow tones were mapped to brighter tones. With this technique it is also important not too take it so far that you begin to loose detail or "blow out" the brightest areas. This style can be accomplished both in a studio setting with lights or using natural light. I chose natural light.

My first image in this post was taken of Bruiser on a cream/white blanket in our sunroom in the early morning hours. It was shot on Manual and I had to increase the exposure by 3 stops to achieve this look. I find his pose combined with the high key style very peaceful. Having a consistent or continuous background to your main subject was probably my biggest learning this week. 

The second and third images were taken at the end of my shift at the shelter this week. I recognized the opportunity to shoot using this style based on the continuous background offered as we were trekking back to the building from the trails. I actually try to avoid concrete (and chain link) in my shelter photo's but this time I thought I could use the concrete to my advantage.  These were shot in Aperture Priority mode and I used my exposure compensation to click it up a few stops to brighten the overall tones in the scene. Check out her ears!  I took several photographs where I pushed the exposure even further to the right but was loosing detail in the white areas of her fur. I do like this as a way of bringing attention to the pup and with the fairly wide aperture used here the concrete serves as a soft background.

This 3 year old mixed small breed was one of 23 dogs rescued this month from a hoarding situation. Most of the dogs rescued were chihuahuas but there were a couple of terrier's in the mix too. Most of these poor little souls have never set foot on grass, and don't know what to make of it. This is Aria she was one of the most settled so far. Most of them are scared silly and the sooner they get all fixed up and on to their forever people the better! 

Now lets head over to Darlene with Pant the Town Pet Photography serving MA and NH to see more examples of High Key photography.

Until next week,


DogShotz Photography



Wonderful interpretation of this week's theme. Beautiful photography!
Kathie Ono(non-registered)
Photographing shelter animals can sometimes be very emotional. Glad that these babies got out of a bad situation... you shot some sweet photos. They should get adopted in a heartbeat.
Love these images, How sad they have never seen grass, so glad they're in safe hands now and get to spend the rest of their lives being loved :)
I love these images and the way you were able to shoot these so they are high key.
Yes, I agree with Kelly. You did a great job of maintaining detail.

And those ears! Swoon!
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