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How can I get this light effect ???
Old 01-22-2006, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I need some advice how can I get this light effect:

http://www.charlesdias.net/7572758.jpg

It looks like the effect of a very very big in camera flash but I couldn't find out what is this light soluction exactly ... but I like it.

Advices with practical exemples are welcome.

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Charles
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Re: How can I get this light effect ???
Old 01-22-2006, 08:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's hard for me to judge from the image, but I think you're looking at a ring flash. It's basically a circular flashtube that fits around the lens, so light comes at the model directly on axis with the optical system.

If you can see a uniform, yet not overly dark, shadow outline of the subject, it's kind of a give-away.

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Old 01-22-2006, 10:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The image is too small for me to really be able to tell, but it looks like a big circular light source placed on axis with the lens and a little above the camera position. The shape and position of the catch-light in the sunglasses lead me to this conclusion. Other hints are the highlight in the center of her forehead falling off to each side. Everything is evenly lit and there don't appear to be any shadows under her nose, chin, or the sunglasses. This could be something as simple as an umbrella. It might also be a beauty dish or octa-box. If the image were large enough to make out details in the catch light I could tell you more.

Also, looking at the model's right arm and edges of her hair, there may be a large black reflector placed to the model's right side (image left) to separate her from the background.

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Old 01-22-2006, 11:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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looks to me like a barebulb flash or a strobe head with out the diffuser. IF it were a ring light the catch light in her eyes would look like a donut. and when using the softbox or umbrella the shadow line would be so hard. But that is just my observation for what ever that is worth. Sorry I dont have an image available to show as example. but I will see if I can pull one up and show you.
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Hard to tell from the small pictures, but I'll go with the rest of the group and say it's either a ringlight or a very large octogon softbox behind the photographer.

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Old 01-24-2006, 11:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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It's hard to tell but you can achieve similar results with a beauty dish.

I don't see a ring light catch light in her glasses but it looks as if it could be shot with one and then post processsed eliminating shadows on the background that ring flashes normally produce.

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Is this similar?
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I achieved this with two soft boxes. One is laying on the floor and the other slightly above them.
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Piece of cake here
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I teach photo courses, and the thing I tell students is to look at the eyes to see how the image was shot. In this case, there are glasses, so it is even easier to see.

That effect is done with a single softbox slightly to the left of the photgrapher and above the model. Look at the reflections in the glasses. There is only one light source at 11 o'clock in the glasses. If there were reflectos or another light source, you would see the other sources of light in the glasses.

Softboxes wrap the light around a model's face and do not produce harsh shadows when they are basically placed directly facing the model as it was in this image.

I don't know why you would want to create that look, though. When using a single shoftbox, I place it at 45 degrees or more to intentionally create shadows. The images are much more dramatic with the shadows than with a flat front-lit image.

Example of my single softbox approach is attached. Model is Nadia Rio from Atlanta.

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