Walkthrough: Creating High Key Images Of White Dogs

In response to a question on the Forum, this walkthrough covers a method for creating high key images of white dogs (i.e. white dogs on white backgrounds.) The video is just me sitting and doing what I normally do: figuring out what each image will finish up looking like as I go. Although I usually have a pretty good idea of the steps I’m going to take and the finish of the ultimate image, there is no way of being 100% certain until I get under way.


The video steps through the retouch and creating black and white images in Photoshop using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Finished Images

Camera Settings:

Focal Length: 200.0mm,
Aperture: f/16,
Shutter Speed: 1/180sec,
ISO: 100

Camera Settings

  • Focal Length: 190.0mm,
    Aperture: f/10,
    Shutter Speed: 1/180sec,
    ISO: 100

Lighting Setup

The lighting for both these images is a soft box (1m square) front left and a Lastolite Highlite to create the white background:

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Jan Harris
Jan Harris
1 month ago

Brilliant thanks I have struggled with getting white …….off to practice ☝🏽

1 year ago

Love this technique, I’ve always struggled with getting pure white but after watching your video this is a game changer, thank you.

Grahame Smith
Grahame Smith
2 years ago

Great tutorial. Thanks Paul, never used a high key set up on dogs…. must give it a go…