Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by Christie Photo, Mar 2, 2005.
I advised a different color for clothing, but this was a favorite shirt.
Great classic senior pose. Your lighting is excellent, what are you using there? A background light and two strobes?
Thanks, Alison. Yup... softbox on the main, umbrella for fill and diffused reflector on the background. I do use a hair light/skim light, but turned it away on this shot... was getting some speculars I didn't like.
My turn to learn. What is a hair light/skim light? What purpose does it serve? And what is a specular?
A hair light is used to add highlights to hair, showing texture and affording additional seperation from the background. It is usually mounted on an adustable boom or fixed to the ceiling. Greater contol is achieved using a snoot or barn doors.
A skim light is essentially the same, but is used more on clothing... for the same results.
Specular highlights occur when the angle of the lighting is so that it relfects off the sufrace directly into the lens causing a complete loss of detail.... nothing but white.
This guy was getting a bit shiney and I was at the end of the shoot, so I got lazy and just turned the darn thing toward the wall and finished.
(I feel a bit like I've just been to confession.)
Classic! Good job on the lighting. He looks really comfortable and as we all know; that is half the battle.
Thank you very much.
When you get speculars from the back, can't yu use a polarizer to control it?
I have used it to get rid of these reflexes under sunlight, and it works pretty well.
I really like this. I think the yellow actually looks really good. Great shot!
Everything works for me. He should be very proud of that pic!
You can "control" this with a polarizer, but I've never thought to try it with portraits. I usually adjust my lighting. I was just a bit lazy the day I shot this.
Thanks to all for your input!!!!
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