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Turn Day Into Night in Photoshop

Nov 19

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Turning Day Into Night

In today’s episode you are going to learn how turn day into night, and all the tips and tricks that go along with it.

Light falls completely different during the day than it does at night, so making that change can be very tough. One of the biggest things to remember is that contrast during the night is much less than during the day. Your shadows and highlights will be much closer to each other. Also, colors tend to be less saturated at night.

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This week we are looking for High Key images in our contest! Submit your best image in a comment below and tell us about it!

high-key image consists primarily of light tones, without dark shadows. A photograph or painting so composed features a diminished tonal range of primarily whites and light grays.

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How to Enter
Simply add your image to a comment below. Please only submit one image each week. You're submitting images to be edited, so don't do too much Photoshop beforehand. We want to teach not just how, but why edits are being made.

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The person who best exemplifies the contest theme will be the winner. If two entries are close, the amount of likes, comments, and a great description will be the deciding factor. Winners are chosen by the Phlearn team.

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  • vikentijs

    if somebody knows how to make the spiral ball thing please drop a link :) ;)

  • Martin Ahven basicly the same, only instead of a whisk and steel wool you would have a LED light attached to the cable :)

  • eli

    wow!!!! nice episode!!

  • jason flynn

    I shot it with a string of LED lights taped together. You swing the lights in a big circle and then rotate your body around. Takes a lot of practice. Hope this helps:

  • Nick cardona

    High Key. This was a senior portrait of my cousin Andrew who is a pro wakeboarder. It is kind of an adam and eve thing with a wakeboard instead of a fig leaf.

  • Stephane

    Another great episode. Thank you Aaron!

  • Rubén Chase

    This one was my very first try at doing a high key. I’ve seen a lot of good photos using this techniques, and I needed to try, hahaha

  • Jon A. Klasbu

    Natural window light high key

  • Reem
  • Stevie-Ella

    Here’s mine :)

  • Russ Robinson

    This one was a finalist for PPA Magazine’s annual cover contest. Would love to see what you could do with it!

  • Marko Gracin

    lovely :)

  • Justin Bettman

    high key

  • Marko Gracin

    Hi all! :)
    I guess this is some kind of a high key image, a friend got crazy while studying.. :D
    Thank you!:)

  • Guest

    I believe that this is High key…

  • Maynor Estuardo Estrada

    I believe that this is High key….

  • Grant Norwood

    Heres Mines!

  • curtis parratt

    heres mine

  • Daniel Gerngross

    Here’s my photo: a shot on a sunny day while the sunlight came from the back and the foreground was lighten up by a reflector giving the picture a lot of bright colors.

  • Jurgen Windcaller

    The reflections in the water are nice :)

  • Lucia Torrez

    It’s good to see a high key picture in nature instead of having a white studio background.

  • Andrew Keippela

    Here is mine.

  • Matt Wells

    This photo was taken on the day hurricane Sandy hit Long Island. I wasn’t expecting much when I took the picture but it turned out to be one of the shots I liked the most that day.

  • Stewart Wood

    I don’t do much high-key but Here is an old one I did years ago.

  • Rafael Mayani

    Here’s my photo.

  • Kezia

    I couldn’t decide which one I liked more between the colour and black n white! :) My cousin’s son playing near a window whilst I had my Canon 400D handy! :)

  • Kezia

    Really nice shot Matt – I am always fascinated by rain on window shots, I have as yet to capture one I like thus far! :)

  • Kezia

    Love it! the books in motion tell a story that I like :)

  • Rich Pontier

    Love this day/nighttransition, great work as always Aaron, thanks for sharing.

  • Mark Harless

    My submish.

  • Mark Harless

    Hmm, anyone else seeing their image get slightly desaturated after upload?

  • trampa

    from my kitchen

  • Husar Paul Laurentiu

    i see almost all people upload a high key portrait and i want to try something different :d

  • CReavis

    High Key – Abandoned Tractor

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    this is a great well explained tutorial, with lot of laughing at the end! thanks Aaron

  • Stefano Tealdi

    here it is my photo , Jessica :)

  • Guest

    Here a pic of my per rabbit i took yesterday-

  • Guest

    Here is mine

  • John Policarpio

    here is my high-key image shot in a studio.

  • Thomas Bröms

    My daughter in the studio. First try with my studiolights and white background.

  • Daniel James T. Cook

    This is a little white pumpkin my wife bought. I actually don’t think I’ve ever seen a white pumpkin so when this contest what announced, I thought this would be a cool high key subject. This is close to unedited. I used my white washed counter top and my Wescott IceLight.

  • Guest

    Done a bit of photoshop work on this, but think it still counts as high key?

  • Seif Ragheb

    Here’s my photo

  • Guest
  • Guest

    my photo

  • Jaakko Paarvala

    Here’s mine – secret diary

  • Jaakko Paarvala

    Here’s mine – secret diary

  • Jaakko Paarvala

    Here’s mine – secret diary

  • Derek Lawrey

    I wanted to do high-key with a little bit of something different…Boosh!

  • Tina DiCocco Pelech

    my image. 5 light set up

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