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High Key Nature Photography starts January 3

with Lisa Langell

January 3 - February 7, 2022

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ULTIMATE:  $249 for 5 weeks

  • Enrollment:  Limit 20
  • Access to pre-recorded and written instructional materials
  • Exclusive access to attend our Kickoff and live Group Study Hall live sessions
  • View all recordings of all Group Study Hall sessions
  • Read and respond to all posts in class-related forums 
  • Submit assignments for instructor feedback via the Assignments class forum
  • Post questions and photos in the Discussion class forum


ENHANCED: $149 for 5 weeks

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • Access to pre-recorded and written instructional materials
  • View all recordings of all Kickoff and Group Study Hall sessions
  • Read all posts in Assignment forums 
  • Post questions and photos in the Discussion forum


High Key Photography can create some of the most beautiful and artistic photographic forms. Its light, ethereal, gauzy and impactful impression it leaves upon people can be mesmerizing.  It’s a genre that is compelling to learn—so rewarding when you get it right! 


High Key photography originates from the black-and-white film days when contrast ratios were too difficult for some film cameras to handle.  Thus, an image was over-exposed (High Key) or under-exposed (think Hollywood Noir / low-key style).  The resulting style is desirable for use in fine art, home décor, advertising, commercial décor, and more. 


High Key photography is more than just over-exposing a subject.  All of the ingredients are carefully selected—from the background, foreground subject, light position and more to create the final effect.  Photographers looking to expand their portfolio of work, expand the lighting (natural and off-camera lighting) will really find this style of work challenging, enjoyable, and absolutely stunning when it all comes together! 


This course is a blend of live and on-demand learning.   


Live Study Group Sessions (Ultimate Level Students Only*): 

Mon, January 3:  6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (30 min) 

Mon, January 10:  6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (60 min)

Mon, January 17:  6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (60 min)

Mon, January 24:  6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (60 min)

Mon, January 31:  6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (60 min)

Mon, February 7:  6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (60 min)


*These sessions will be recorded for Enhanced-level student to view.



What to expect: 


1st WEEKLY GROUP STUDY MEETING (30 mins):  We will kick off the class with a live webinar meeting and meet-and-greet for Ultimate students*.  Next you will receive your first lesson!  From there, we will continue each week with pre-recorded video-based tutorial lessons that are clear and easy to follow. 


WEEKLY ASSIGNED VIDEO TUTORIALS: (Approx. 30-60 mins per week) 


SELF-GUIDED “HANDS-ON” ASSIGNMENT: (Approx. 2-4 hours): Engage in the week’s self-directed activities and assignment to practice what you’ve learned. 



  • Ultimate students will meet each week for instructor-lead, live group dialogue.   
  • Discussion of your setup, workflow, gear, settings, vision, and provide answers to your questions.   
  • Structured image review & feedback (peer and instructor-based) based on the assignment 
  • Group brainstorming & next steps:  This fun, interactive activity will allow group members to collaborate together and brainstorm new ideas for what each participant could try “next” to ignite their creativity for future images.  

*Live sessions will be recorded for Enhanced-level student to view.


ONLINE CLASS FORUMS: contain the course material and facilitate assignment review between Ultimate students and the instructor. 


Access to content:  The course runs five weeks.  After the live class concludes, participants will have access to the course content 24/7 for one year from the start date.  




Week 1:  Learning the basics of High Key Photography 

  • What is high key photography 
  • Why do we want to shoot in high key style 
  • Exposure settings 
  • Exposure compensation 
  • Finding the right subject, foreground and background 
  • Identifying the best types of natural light for high key nature photography 


Week 2:  High Key nature when you are stuck indoors – the indoor studio 

  • The conditions, gear and lighting needed to create simple setups indoors that produce quality high-key images 
  • Subject selection – which subjects work best for this type of lighting 
  • Composition elements 
  • Correcting exposure issues with high key images captured indoors 


Week 3:  Processing 

  • Learn how to post-process your high key images to bring out the best in them. 
  • This week, you will also learn how to turn images from your archives into high-key images.  You’ll learn what works—and doesn’t work—for this type of effect! 


Week 4:  High Key nature photography – the outdoor studio 

  • Using portable, inexpensive materials to capture high key images of nature 
  • Subject selection 
  • Photographing wildflowers without ever having to uproot them for high key looks 
  • Composition elements  
  • Finding creative inspiration 
  • Using your smartphone as a tool for High Key 
  • Packing light—how to prepare for high key photography shots in any location 


Week 5:  The Gallery Project 

  • Learn how to create a gallery project—a series of high-key images that all work well together and have a unifying theme.   
  • Create 4-6 images that create the gallery project 
  • Learn how to digitally “hang them” on a wall for display 


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