Low Key Portraits: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

Low Key Portraits: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey


Low Key lighting is more then simply photographing against a black background. Join us in this episode as photographer Gavin Hoey explains the technique of a correctly exposed image that mostly learns towards the dark side.

If you shoot in a small home or portable studio, low key lighting is one of the best lighting styles to learn and this video will give you some amazing ideas to start you off.

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Photos by Gavin Hoey

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Steven Means says:

What's the size of the backdrop

James Lee says:

Thanks Gavin! What are you using to trigger your off camera flash that is attached to your Sekonic meter? It's not listed above. Thanks.

Khawar Naqvi says:

Hey, you act like Mr. BEEN 😀 but your tutorial is really cool and informative. Thanks

Arlem Vargas says:

Super beautiful portraits!

Theis Hansen says:

This has really helped me get some great shots, i am currently learning alot of flash techniques, so thanks for making this, and also thanks for including the Photoshop tip at the end

David Croft says:

Super tips. Thank you.

Ariel Hii says:

good tutorial it help thank.

Marco Valle says:

great tutorial, always take the time to cover all of the smallest details, which means people who need the advice arent left guessing. Much appreciated.

Awesome work thank you for the video

Nice work…..but were can I ger thos pictures of her?

nice video, thanks.

Noelia Piper says:

This was super helpful and you explained everything amazingly! Thank you so much! Can't wait to watch more videos

John Russell says:

Wow, learning a lot from your videos. Quick question. When the settings are displayed for pics for example at 3:24 it says f/8, 200th of a sec, ISO 200 and 30 mm. What is the 30mm referring to? Is that talking about how wide or narrow your flash or speedlite is zoomed in or out? Or is it talking about what mm your lens on camera is set to? Please explain.

John Russell says:

One more thing, the link to the Sekonic light meter said it's discontinued. Is there another model you suggest getting? Thanks,

what editor is that?

AlexyThe333 says:

Прекрасная работа. Мастер Золотые Руки. Спасибо, замечательное видео.

Danilo Hagos says:

wow you really rock it i learn a lot


how many flash stands/lights would you use ?
and would you recommend a certain lens? i have a 50mm 1.8G on my D5500 nikon (not full frame)
I'm new to photography, but looking to get into portraits. (babies or adults)
what type of light stand kit for beginners at home, would you suggest ?
because i was wanting to keep costs down but came across this amazon deal…
any suggestions on the link below ?


Riyaz Ranjan says:

amazing tutorial !

Joy Ogude says:

This is brilliant! I subbed! Love it and thanks for making this

Daten Raten says:

Gothography, lovin it!

moe moe hla says:

Wow both the model and photographer are such professionals. Done the whole session effortlessly.

Does anyone have any tips on how to create that studio black background effect in Photoshop? Like, I want to change any background to black and make the subject blend in a bit without looking like a copy and paste. I'm just a beginner and your advice would be great.

Scott Morton says:

Gavin what lighting equipment do you use ? i have a OMD EM1 and 25mm 1.2f wanting to do studio work

I don't understand why every shot has to be at f8. What if you want to shoot at something like f1.4 to make a point of focus pop? Can that be done?

Fahry Adam says:

i want to ask, low key potrait is better when it using non black haired model, isn't it?

Hello ! Great video ! What kind of flash trigger did you use ?

Ewald Noy says:

Marvelous easy and great shots 👍🏼

dragonlyra says:

I love playing with light so it was not so surprising what you showed but that photoshop trick at the end, oh my God… thank you for that :D

Daniel Skog says:

What flash and trigger system are you using on your OM-D E-M5II

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