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Meaning of high key

high' key'

Pronunciation: [key]
— Motion Pictures. Motion Pictures.
  1. a style of lighting that is bright, even, and produces little contrast between light and dark areas of the scene.

high-key

Pronunciation: (hī'kē'), [key]
— adj.
  1. (of a photograph) having chiefly light tones, usually with little tonal contrast (distinguished from low-key).
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