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Catch Light reflection with Sudio Lights
Old 07-31-2005, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All,

I did a search on the forum hoping this was covered in another topic, but I couldn't find anything, so I am posting it here. It is probably a basic lighting question, but so far I am lost.

I ordered my first set of studio lights (yea Bobby - I know I said I was waiting until Christmass, but Santa came early). They are a cheap set I bought off eBay for $300. Don't cringe. Given my current budget constraints, they are better than nothing.

Anyway, they came in yesterday. I quickly set them up in the front room of our house and gave them a quick test. The wife had a work dinner to go to, so I made her stand in front for a few quick shots so I could see if they worked. Since they are cheap, they only have 3 modes (1/4, 1/2 and Full). I set both lights to 1/4 power. The main light was to my left, the second light to my right. I metered both independently. The main light was showing 3.6 at 1/200 and the other was showing 2.0 at 1/200. Looked like enough of a difference, so I took a few shots.

My first impressions ... WOW! This was the first time I took pictures that I did not have to immediately adjust levels, skin tones, etc. in Photoshop. I liked the color and the slight shadow and now see I have a whole new area to try and understand. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]

BUT .... I did notice that all of the pictures showed 2 catch lights in her eyes. One was to the left of each pupil and one was to the right of each pupil. Basically, I could see the shape and separation of the soft boxes. In looking at other pictures posted here, I can safely say this is not normal. A few people post pictures with dual catch lights in the eyes, but to me it is distracting. I had both lights setup on the same plane in front of me. Is there some trick to placement, or do I need to work on the height, angle, etc. such that they merge into a single point in the eye?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Catch Light reflection with Sudio Lights
Old 07-31-2005, 03:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe that a lot of people clone out one fo the catch lights or they use one light for main and a reflector for fill. I personally have never found a way to have only one catch light with two lights.
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Re: Catch Light reflection with Sudio Lights
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Well shoot! I thought it would be one of those cool insider light placement tricks that I just hadn't heard about yet. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

Photoshop I can handle .......

Thanks for the quick response!

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Don't knock the cheap ebay kits....I still use mine!

All of my work has been done with the strobes from the 2 ebay kits I own, and my one Alien Bee 800! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Catch Light reflection with Sudio Lights
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Some people actually try for exotic catch lights and it becomes sort of their signature. Different lighting gives special catchlights that are often recognizable. For example:



everyone by now as seen these homemade ringlights and the catch light it creates and we see them in lots of glamour magazines.

I will often edit the catch lights in PS. If I didn't get a good catch light I'll even add it, as they often add sparkle to the eye.



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