One of the main lighting styles used in filmmaking and often associated with the bright overall lighting. It is best known for sitcoms and ballroom scenes. High-key lighting is characterized by a small ratio between the key light and fill light.
Normally, it is used in combination with soft light to create a pleasant atmosphere. This produces low contrasts between lit and shady areas. High-key lighting can also be useful for creating positive moods at night. It’s also used in combination with hard light sources to create a cold and sterile atmosphere.
For related information, read the entry concerning low-key lighting.« Back to Glossary Index