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Old 05-07-2006, 10:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would really appreciate your help. I'm trying to obtain a high key lighting on a full person, not just a head shot or waist up.
I have only two lights, and that is my problem I don't have a third one to work with. I have 2 photogenic light heads, two 4x6 Larson soff boxes, two 3x4's, one 12"x36" and 3x5 reflectasol. I was able to get a high key on a picture waist up , but I relly want to try to do a full figure, any suggestions??? Or do I really need that third light to evenly light the background..??
I will be greatfull for any sugestions

Ps.the way I obtainded this lighting was to aim the 12"x36" at the white background from the floor (I only have a light stand , I don't have the boom to suspend the 3x4 without getting it in a shot, if I wanted to light it from the top ) and a 4x6 @45degrees from the left.
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Re: need help w/High key lighting
Old 05-08-2006, 08:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think what you mean is that you want a pure white background for full length. A high key shot is one where white and/or very light tones in an image predominate.

Anyway, put one head and 4x6 softbox behind your model and face it toward the camera. Put your model on an elevated floor (12" or so should do it) so that you can get the bottom lip of the softbox below floor level. Light your model with your second head and use the reflector to fill as desired. Power the head in the rear softbox so that it meters 3 stops over the exposure reading for your model (a spot meter works very well here). You're going to have to be very careful framing the shot, especially if your model is taller than about 5'6".

To get a little more height, you can also make a large diffusion panel out of PVC pipe and white fabric. Make a panel that's about 5' x 7 1/2 feet, clip the fabric to the frame, and stand the frame up. Place a 4x6 softbox a few feet behind the panel and facing in the direction of the camera (just like the scenario above) so that the panel gets evenly lit. This is called double diffusion. Again, meter the panel so that it registers 3 stops higher than your subject exposure.

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Old 05-08-2006, 10:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Chip thanks for the info...
I have tried a similar scenario before, with the 4x6 standing behind the person, but for some reason my light behind the subject wouldn't fire when I had a sinc cord plugged into the light standing in front of the subject, When I switched around and plugged the cord to the 4x6 behind the subject the light standing in front wouldn't fire...Right now I'm using sinc cords (dont have the pocket wizard yet) I will have to give it a try again
Elevating the person and using a larger size diffusing panel soud like a great idea, defenitely I will do that.
Thanks for the info
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