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Tips/Tricks for Shooting Ebony Models?
Old 04-27-2004, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
Does anyone have any tips/tricks for shooting dark skinned models that they want to share?
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Re: Tips/Tricks for Shooting Ebony Models?
Old 04-27-2004, 07:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You really don't have to do anything out of the ordinary; just meter normally. If anything err on the side of a little over exposure. Models below are "Ebony" and Kim.




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Re: Tips/Tricks for Shooting Ebony Models?
Old 04-27-2004, 10:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dan,

Sometimes dark skin can benefit from a large, flat light source.
Main light on model Rodney Chapman (below) is an
Elinchrom Octabank, which is such a source.

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Old 04-27-2004, 10:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Correct exposure is correct exposure. It's a photographic urban legend that dark skin requires some sort of special technique. Unfortunately I no longer have the image, but while I was teaching photography, I shot a chrome of a very dark lady (pure mahogany skin!) standing net to a very fair blonde. Exposure was with an incident meter with everything else being standard. Both were captured perfectly. This comes up so often that maybe I should reshoot that image.

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Re: Tips/Tricks for Shooting Ebony Models?
Old 04-27-2004, 10:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You know, I shot a dark skinned man recently, and was irritated that my light sources seemed to bounce off his shaven head. I kept wanting to fix it in photoshop and ultimately decided not to keep several otherwise good images. Today, I pick up the November '03 issue of Men's Fitness (WHY was it lying on my office floor? WHO KNOWS) and see on the cover just about everything that annoyed my about MY images. Isn't that just the sh*t!!

As for tips, the only thing I did when shooting this model was to overexpose by a teeny bit, probably only because it seemed the thing to do, not because it's what I'd read or been told. Not sure if the exposure is dead on, but both he and I like what we got so... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Tips/Tricks for Shooting Ebony Models?
Old 04-28-2004, 05:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 04-28-2004, 09:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi Doug,

If memory serves, when I was taking photography courses I heard the exact same thing. I was told back then that if you meter off of a gray card, your exposure would be dead on every time unless you were trying intentionally to under or over-expose the image for effect. However, comma, I've never tried metering a gray card with strobes as I'm not sure it can be done but given that meters are calibrated for 17% gray anyway, I just pop my strobes and get my "average" reading and then use that to shoot or as a reference point to deviate from.

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That gray card should give a reading identical to one from an incident meter. Incident meters are all incident meters, at least I've never come across a reflective flash meter. When using strobes, a carefully used incident flash meter will make the exposure right on the button.
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Re: Tips/Tricks for Shooting Ebony Models?
Old 05-05-2004, 09:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't know if this has been answered already....but, if you are shooting a dark skinned person wearing a very bright ...or white colored shirt or blouce, scrim the light..... that means to get one of those things that looks like a screen for an outside door.......and "feather" that over the projected area of your light path....(mainly main light) so that cuts the amount of light on their shirt and provides light that shows more detail in the face and shirt... Oh, and keep some powder with you too...so you can brush it on their skin....as with all models with oily skin.....being Italian myself, I have olive oil in my blood! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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Uhmmm.....18% Yep! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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