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Old 08-12-2004, 02:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have to shoot some high key... all white background pictures this afternoon.... can anyone give me any tips that may be helpful... metering tips ect... studio shot and I have 3 lights.
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Old 08-13-2004, 02:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmm well, I'm clueless as to how your studio is set up...and how you will be attempting this... but, it was after doing a high-key lighting shoot in my studio, did I learn how much having a filter on the end of my lens increased flare.. Ever since then, I have not used any filters on the front of my lenses.. I have a pile of filters ranging from 52mm - 77mm all getting dusty....and I could pretty much care less.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Yep, there is your tip,. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 08-18-2004, 05:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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3 lights? one for a key light.... one for a backlight/hairlight... and then light up the white backdrop with your third as a background light. add white foam core or other reflector for front fill (bounced off the key)
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Old 08-19-2004, 12:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This image was done with 3 lights


I used one light in a brolly above and behind me metered to f8 (if I recall correctly - it really doesn't matter, however). The other two lights were at 45 degree angles pointed towards the background the same distance as the model. I took a meter reading of the lights from *directly behind the model* to measure the reflected light - not the light coming off of the strobes, but the light reflected off the background - and set the output to 2/3rds to a full stop above my key light. Bingo -- high key.

Here's my lighting diagram (not to scale!)


In retrospect, some black cards between Diana and the background lights would have been very helpful to reduce spill, but I was happy with this result.
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Thanks for the info... where would you have placed the black boards?
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Great shot Ed. I think the spill works for me. Was that shot with the new camera?

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I would have put them between the lights and the model...

This is another from the same session and set-up - it demonstrates that a 4th light (even a little off-camera flash with a slave trigger) or a reflector would have been very helpful, too...

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Yes it was -- its getting difficult to look back to film now [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Here's another from another shoot and the same set up -- I wasn't crazy about the look, but the model loved it -- and that's what really counts, right?
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Old 08-19-2004, 01:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Good...glad to see you are happy here on the dark side...

My gut reaction to this shot was that I did not like it at all...but then I was looking at it and it has a kind of weird but cool quality to it... So I like it in that respect. And you are absolutely correct....If the models is happy then who the heck cares what anyone els thinks.


My example of an interesting expression from Ohio supershoot. Model is Amber


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