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Incorporating a hair light

 
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Aug 16, 2014 15:06 |  #1

I have been dabbling in studio lighting for some time and now have the extra strobes to be able to add a hair light to my portraits. I have and use a light meter to set all my lights and have a basic knowledge of balancing the individual lights to achieve some modeling effect. The question I have is how many stops under (or over) the key light setting, should I set my hair light? I have a grid for it to control the spread which I think would be an added benefit as well. I have seen some really great portraits posted here where the hair light looks awesome and I hope to achiever similar results in my studio. I have some people coming over who would like some head shots done and I don't want to have to chimp around much when they get here. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!


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Aug 16, 2014 21:46 |  #2

color of hair, angle of incidence, along with taste will dictate hair light exposure. I'd start with matching the key light exposure and then chimp accent lights from there.


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Aug 16, 2014 22:24 |  #3

Dark hair: 1-2 stops higher than the main.

Light hair: 1/2 - 2/3 stop higher than the main.

That's a general rule of thumb. Adjust in small increments as needed.


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Aug 17, 2014 21:26 |  #4

Thanks for the replies guys....I never would have thought I had to make the hair light brighter than the key light. I will give it a try!


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