Can't get rid of this shadow. HELP!

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    I have a alien bee 800 on the left with a reflector on the right. No matter what I do I can't kill the shadow! It is the shadow to the right of him and also how do I get the bottom left to brighten up?? Any suggestions?? ANYONE??
     
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    Bet another light and use it to light the background. You'll have to move the subect out a little bit.
     
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    Are you talikng about the shadow he is casting on the floor or the end of the background.
     
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    The shadow he is casting n the floor
     
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    I have a jtl 110 could i use that to light the background?
     
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    Well.... I wouldn't eliminate the shadow. It's only natural.

    Good shot! Maybe something less reflective for a seat....

    Again, I like it like this.

    Pete
     
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    i agree, i like it too, shadow and all. but the seat is rather distracting
     
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    I have no clue about lighting or studio shooting but what I would try is to move the light back a little and the reflector forward a little, take test photos and move them using trial and error until the light is balanced.
     
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    I think it's a great seat! but it needs a antiquing paint job to tone the bright down

    great shot! Love the planes
     
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    I think you can do a thin coat of black paint and rub it off to give it an 'old' look to it. Worth a shot anyway
     
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    To get rid of the shadow the subject is casting would require using a fill light camera right. Personally, though, I agree with the rest. You should leave it as-is. The shadow isn't a distraction at all, and using a fill light might destroy most of the other shadows that make the photo interesting, such as the fill shadows on his face and the shadows under his toys. I think the lighting here is perfect. Getting rid of all the shadows would make this image look sterile to my eyes.
     
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    Thanks! I will crop up the edges and keep it! I liked it too but wondered if it looked unprof. I will antique my bucket! :eek:)
     

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