Originally Posted by thepro
I started shooting a new model today. She is a fitness model. I have never shot a model like this. I want to do a good job.
The problem I am running in to is hot spots on her face and various places on her body. She covers her body with oil. She looks very sexy but it gives my camera fits.
how can I overcome these hot spots?
In addition to the ideas about lighting of the subject, you can also rememdy any photos that are good, but have a few specular problems, by using one of several techniques in Photoshop. One method that I often use involves one of two approaches. If shooting RAW, I do two conversions, one for good overall skin tones and let the speculars blow out and a second where I convert to make the speculars as good as I can in the RAW converter, and let the rest of the photo go bad. Now I combine the two images in Photoshop by dragging the one with the good speculars over the over while holding down the Shift key (for perfect alignment. Now add a layer mask while holding down the ALT key which gives you a layer mask that is all black so you'll see the well exposed overall image. Now use a white brush to paint the specular areas. Start at 25% opacity for a soft brush and gradually build up the specular areas to where you want them.
I would have posted an example, but the ones that I had at hand were nudes, and I'm not sure we can post nudes in this forum anymore.
Note: for futher refinement you can play with the blending modes of the top layer.