Remember last month when I posted about the Highlight Alert (blinkies) and Highlight Tone Priority settings and how important it is to make sure your highlights aren’t completely blown out? Sometimes its necessary to break this rule to achieve a certain type of “high key” look in your image.
I’m somewhat of a history buff and love exploring the various historic sites in East and Central Texas. When I approached this bedroom in the 1830’s Barrington farm house, I knew I wanted to achieve a dreamy kind of soft focus look using the diffuse light streaming through this antique window. I knew that metering off the blanket chest would bring back some detail into the room but blow out the highlights in the window. So I ignored the “blinkies” and took a few exposures, adjusting the exposure compensation to obtain a good balance of light and detail. I finished the image using Nik’s “Classic Soft Focus” filter in Photoshop Elements to give it that dreamy, high-key look.