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[hahy-kee] /ˈhaɪˈki/

(of a photograph) having chiefly light tones, usually with little tonal contrast (distinguished from ).
noun, Movies.
a style of lighting that is bright, even, and produces little contrast between light and dark areas of the scene.
(of a photograph, painting, etc) having a predominance of light grey tones or light colours Compare low-key (sense 3)


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