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What modifier to use?
Old 12-05-2006, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of light modifier would be best to use place more/brihter light on a face when taking a half to 3/4 type shot? I was thinking something like a deep/long throw reflector bowl with a 20 to 30 degree grid? Any suggestion or guidence?
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Too many unknowns to really give you a good answer. What size of studio? How powerful are the lights? Do you want to go highkey or lowkey? Is the model light or dark skinned? Do you want hard or soft light?

So to get a better idea about what you are trying to do, can you post a link or photo that illustrates what you're after.

In my example of Haley, I wanted soft light, highkey, even lighting so I used a large softbox.

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Old 12-06-2006, 01:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The easy way out is to get a piece of cardboard and paint it flat black. I use an old light stand and couple of clamps and place it about half way between the subject and the light to block some of the light off of the hands. This works pretty good if your light source isn't too big. I will sometimes use a 24"X24" softbox or even use the light without a modifier to get the desired result.
Something else I often do... use myself for the model. I can always delete the images and am under no time constraints. All you need is the self-timer mode and a tripod. Feel free to experiment...but write down what works. Rick from Arkansas.
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Old 12-06-2006, 03:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The easy way out is to get a piece of cardboard and paint it flat black. I use an old light stand and couple of clamps and place it about half way between the subject and the light to block some of the light off of the hands. This works pretty good if your light source isn't too big. I will sometimes use a 24"X24" softbox or even use the light without a modifier to get the desired result.
I'm not sure that was really what he was asking about, but nevertheless it is an oft used principle that most beginning photographers know nothing about. Its basically subtracting light from the scene rather than adding it. I usually do it in Glamour when I want to deepen the shadows or add more shadows. I usually refer to it as the "black flag" technique. Here is an example with Malloy:

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For each of individual shots, there was a large softbox (7') in front, and I placed a large black reflector to the right side of the scene. You can see the result on the right side of the model, model, model, above.

I've sometimes used 4 to 6 black cards in the same shot (of various sizes and shapes). I also use a lot of them when doing product photography.

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Old 12-06-2006, 07:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Actually, There was a picture posted on another forum where the models chest was turned towards the key light. Her head was turned a little pasted the camera in the other direction. She was wearing a very low cut shirt. Her chest was the brightest in the photo. It wasn't really over exposed or hot, but it was brighter than her face. I've seen playboy photos where they light up the face more so then the rest of the body. My idea (although it is probably a bad idea) was to light a half to full lenght shot with the correct size key light. Then, take another light to put a light on the face that would be a little brighter than the larger key light. This light would be position near the key (somewhere). The add the fill as needed or wanted. What kind of modifier could I use to do this, or is this a bad idea?
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If you want to add light in one particular area, you need a fairly tightly controlled light. The classic answer here is a snoot. This is a conical device that attaches to the light to narrow it down.

Another answer which may produce less narrowing is a reflector with a grid.

For really tight lighting you can use a snoot with a grid (I have one - turns my 15 degree snoot into an 8 degree (I think)).

If you use a snoot, be careful how high you turn up the modelling light (I do recommend using the modelling light - lets you see where it's aimed) - the snoot restricts ventilation, and the light can over-heat.

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Or just use cinefoil:

http://www.rosco.com/us/video/cinefoil.asp

Then you can make any shape modifier that you want.

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