Portrait Photo Question

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  1. bdavis

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    I have a quick question, I'm going to be shooting a photo of a woman at work, it's going to be a head shot of her and I have a question about lighting.

    I dont have any softboxes or photo studio lighting so I was just going to take her into a well-lit room and put her near a window and maybe have a reflector on the other side of her to bounce light on the side of her face that's not near the window. Does this sound like a good solution for the lighting?

    Also, she needs to be on a black backgound, but she will be wearing a black business suit so I'm worried that her body will just blend into the background. Is there any way to fix this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Back lighting can create seperation between a subject and a back ground.

    Other than that is having her far enough from the background so the background is properly exposed as black and her clothes are slightly over exposed to have a gray look to them.
     
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    Make sure you meter on her, and not the black that is all around.
     
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    Thanks for the tip, I'm just not sure how to backlight her since I have no studio lights or anything.

    Also, I know I am supposed to focus on the eyes, but as far as the metering goes, should I read her face and go by my camera's light meter?
     
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    Do you have a flash of any sort? Not studio lighting, just a flash ( preferably one with adjustable power and off camera ability ), because you could try firing that at the background and see if that would help.
     
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    I have an SB800 Speedlite coming but I don't think it will be here in time for the photo.
     

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