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Aug 10, 2008 15:42 |  #1

So, I am drawing up an assignment that I will be shooting in 3 weeks and would like to get some peoples opinions on how to light my model.

My model has dark hair and the backdrop is a very dark blue/ black muslin. I need the help separate her a little from the background. Would you light her with an undiffused light behind her (pointed at her head) or use the same light turned 180 to light the background?

In case it makes a dramatic difference, the other light will be a 60" octabox or at least a 55" softbox on the my left and a silver reflector on the right. It will also be shot in black and white film from my Mamiya(RB67) then scanned with an Imacon.

Thanks for any help.
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Aug 10, 2008 19:57 |  #2

You need a backlight pointing towards her from behind, a light pointing towards a dark background seems kinda pointless.


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Aug 10, 2008 23:08 |  #3

That is what I was thinking, just wanted to see what other people had to say. Is there any tricks to it or just set the strobe to 2/3 the power of the main strobe? Or is there a different ratio that works?
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Aug 10, 2008 23:12 |  #4

Since the backlight is undiffused you probably won't need much power. Try it and see what you like.


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Aug 10, 2008 23:16 |  #5

The Fox wrote in post #6083825external link
That is what I was thinking, just wanted to see what other people had to say. Is there any tricks to it or just set the strobe to 2/3 the power of the main strobe? Or is there a different ratio that works?
Nick

as much as i love ratios, there's always a trick to it.
i wish there wasn't sometimes.


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