Originally Posted by Darkman
ok before digital photography, how would you gauge where to set the background light on your background?
the light that is used as the ring of light shown on the background hilighting the model but just enough to be a small ring around the models body? I know with digi these days just point click and adjust f-stop setting right? but how would you do it with film?
Most pros in the former era used Polaroids to test the lighting and color. I used a RB67 and it had interchangeable backs. So I would pop on the Polaroid back, shoots some tests, and then put on the film back and shoot the real shots. Through experience you got to know what effect a given light set would have so you could then rely on that experience rather than the Polaroids. I miss the Polaroids, though, since you could line them up side by side and compare different shots. It also gave you a good history of the building of a set. I still sort of do that with digital and I always keep the "outtake" shots where I'm building up the lights.
Re: background hilite