lighting technique

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  1. silver163

    silver163 TPF Noob!

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    i know this might be a stupid question but i wanted to know how this lighting technique was performed. namely how were the "hot spots" on the people created, the hot spots are circled in red.

    how can i create those hot spots and yet keep a well light room? i got two B800 alien bees with one shoot through and one reflection lights.

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    It looks to me like those are just the areas that are at the right angle between the light and the camera, and are thus reflecting the most light toward the camera. Also, those appear to be somewhat flat areas and as such, give a bigger highlight area than a more rounded area might.

    I really don't think there is a specific lighting technique in use here.

    The characteristics of light and how it falls onto someone/something...can be controlled/finesses by the light modifiers that we use. A large, (good quality) softbox should give you a nice even light. You can even use just the edge of the light and 'feather' it across your subject, to give it a slightly different feel.

    Also consider that a model's skin/makeup can help to control the highlights on their face/skin.
     
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    I didn't think hot spot is a "desired" feature?
     
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    mrpink No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    if you call it a highlight it is... ;)




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    i don't understand what you meant here, can you please explain?

    what about using a large softbox for evening the light out while using a beauty dish to create that highlight?
     
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    Out light isn't often a simple, even wash of light coming from the source/modifier. There is the umbra, which the middle of the light and is usually brightest and then there is the penumbra, which is the are where the light falls off as you move away from the centre and get to the edge of the light.
    In other words, the edge of the light can create a nice little gradient that you can use on your subject, rather than just blasting them with the whole softbox (or whatever).

    It may not make a dramatic difference, but some photographers swear by it.
     
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    so basically turning the softbox to the side of the model or further away correct?

    would that still maintain the evenness of the lighting in the room or can i just have the blinds open during the shoot and use the softbox to get that effect?

    is that effect possible with alienbees b800 umbrellas?
     

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