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When metering a hair lite what ratio are you looking for ?
Old 03-20-2005, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have not done much with a hair lite do to the fact I do most of my work outside and use the sun the best I can. But I want to do more studio work and would like to know how to setup a hair lite for a glamor shot.

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Re: When metering a hair lite what ratio are you looking for ?
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The ratio can differ from blonds to brunettes, but a good ball park estimate is 1 to 1.5 stops over the main.

It also may depend on whether you are shooting film or digital.

Since film has a wider latitude, you can push the hairlight further than with digital before experiencing burn out.

I shoot digital, and no longer meter my shots.

I shoot a grey card for my main exposure and check my my histogram as a reference point.

Once I get a middle value for my main exposure, I turn on my hair light and adjust it by eye till it looks right to me (and avoiding burn out)

Even if you use a meter religiously, I assume by now that you are familiar with the concept that it only provides a guide or a starting point and experience helps with the rest.

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Same as main
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Stop worrying about the blonde and brunette exposure adjustment. Just match your hair light to the main and you will be ok.

The coverage of hair light is what is important. The light modifier used is your key to seperating hair to the background.

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Re: Same as main
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I dont know if this is right or wrong but this shot was taken with the hair light at f8 and the main at 5.6....I shot it at 1/125 and F 6.3
the face Metered at f 5.6 I should have shot at that because Im finding I had to brighten just a touch with levels.
maybe the hair seems a bit hot(Barn doors, I dont have a softbox.)...for that shot..I find it kind of sexy
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...with finding techniques that you like.

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