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observations & ques. about eye reflections
Old 07-29-2004, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed in some of the images here a variety of reflections in the eyes of the models. When I took photo. in high school (now THAT was a long time ago!) we were taught the use of floodlights for portraiture. Nowadays it seems that larger light sources, i.e. softboxes and umbrellas are the norm. Floodlights seem to give a small point of light reflection on the eyeball of the model, but the softboxes give larger reflections. In some cases the size and shape of the reflection IMO becomes a detraction from the eyes of the models. Has anybody else noticed this? Am I being too critical? I'm curious what the more experienced think about this.
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When I took photo. in high school (now THAT was a long time ago!) we were taught the use of floodlights for portraiture. Nowadays it seems that larger light sources, i.e. softboxes and umbrellas are the norm. Floodlights seem to give a small point of light reflection on the eyeball of the model, but the softboxes give larger reflections. In some cases the size and shape of the reflection IMO becomes a detraction from the eyes of the models. Has anybody else noticed this? Am I being too critical?

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Well, back in them days, you were most likely using black and white film, where you could slap a red filter onto the front of the lens and soften the complexion of yon fair maiden who you were charbroiling under the floods.

Today, most folks don't wanna deal with the heat, and the harshness, of the floods, especially in the kinda images you see here of purty girls with soft flawless skin and eyes so deep they make your toes curl! And se we drag out the larger light sources like umbrellas and soft boxes to make the light a lot larger in relation to the subject, thus making it less harsh, etc.

With the advent of electronic flash equipment that's priced so that even the high school kid can afford a monoblock, floods are going the way of the pinhole camera... people still use 'em, but less and less each day, IMHO.

Yeah, the reflections CAN be a bit distracting, but don't have to be in the hands of a skilled artisian. Feathering the light by pointing the softbox slightly away from dead center on the model can help reduce the reflections in the pupils, for example.

But heck, if you're worried about distracting pupils, stay away from looking at images produced by a ring light or similar! That'll drive you to Terlingua and back without stopping at Lukenbach!



The model is Kristen at that other CENSORED place... Oscar Meyer Portfolios #59980... from Rolando's Dallas workshop in June 2004.
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