? abot self portrait reflection

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    im in a basic black+white class at college(with a lil more than basic knowledge) our nest assignment is a self portrait series. one pic i wanna do is my reflection in my girlfriends eye. how do i approach this photo(i.e. lighting camera position ect.)
     
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    Assuming you have strobes, position the camera just behind your left/right ear. position the strobes across from another to knock do the shadow
     
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    ahh no i am strobe less. but i have make shift lighting boxes(white umbrellas with flood lights)
     
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    no other ideas??
     
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    I never did this, but I have acrazy idea.

    Due to inexperience I need people to back me up or disupte this, but it makes a bit of sense: it takes a good deal of light to catch a reflection in someone's eyes, as well as a good macro lens (um...got one?) and really, really sharp focus.

    So...

    I'm thinking - don't use big aperture - go smaller (f/8 or higher, at the distance required to catch an eyeball) in order to minimize depth of field.

    No flash? No problem! But you need a few light sources and a lot of practice shots: the eye itself will need to be lit, and you will need to be REALLY REALLY lit. So: you stand with bright mid-morning sunlight directly on your face, and have a reflector (no reflector? Use a sheet of foamcore or paint a big-ass piece of cardboard Navajo White or something cheap) reflecting light on her face, specifically her eyes. Control the lighting only by changing shutter speed and/or moving the reflector to increase or decrease the light on her eye, which will increase/decrease the comparative exposure of your reflection.

    I'm thinking a triangle - you facing sun, her ahead and to the left or right a bit, and someone reflecting the sun on her eyes at an angle. 45 degree angle? 70 degree angle? I have no idea. I think the reflector should be close to you, but not behind you.

    So: You'll be brightly lit (sun), her eye will be well-lit-but-not-as-lit-as-you (reflector), and...

    I'm already out of my depth, but it sounds like a great workshop assignment to me! If you don't have tripods and stands and clamps, you'd better have a few helpers around. Hey: offer to buy classmates a beer (if legal, sonny!) for holding reflectors and stuff.

    So. There. Well. Maybe I'm stoned.

    I dunno - I have ABSOLUTELY NO experience with this. Comment is invited.
     
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    LOL!

    This is the funniest post I've read in a while! (and actually kind of sounds like a good idea too....unless I'm stoned too?)
     
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    thanx ill try that out
     
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    Please post the results?
     
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    ill post my test pictures....the assignment is for film but i always set up and practice with my digi. so ill post thoes
     

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