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Have a natural light / dark hair / headshot issue

 
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Aug 02, 2010 17:48 |  #1

Firstly a starting image:

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No problem with this image, the model had light hair.
This shot was taken inside my garage with the door up, natural lighting was used.

I had a model in there today, same position but she had almost black hair.
The resulting image was as if there wasn't any hair there.
I still want to shoot a wide aperture for shallow dof and also wish to retain a look like the above. Trouble is that when I would ordinarily use a strobe to light the hair it has no effect due to the shutter being so fast when using natural light.
I can put something lighter behind her but it looks like a background as opposed to the various different things in the background on the top image.

Has anyone got a solution to this?

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Aug 02, 2010 17:54 |  #2

Ahhh...the benefits of off-camera HSS ETTL flash. One of the main reasons I got my flex/mini.
But...your choices are, in my opinion...
A refelctor of some sort, hanging from above to direct a bit of light to her hair.
Maybe some reflectors on either side for the same effect.
You are trying to match the sun's output that you are using, in the shade. How about a worklight hanigng as a constant hairlight? Probably W/B issues, but if you convert to b/w it's not an issue.
Or just shoot blondes.




  
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Aug 02, 2010 19:28 |  #3

This image is underexposed a bit as well.

On the flash: This was shot at 1/500 sec, f/2, ISO 100
If you add a 1 stop ND (or a polariser) and use 1/125 to 1/200s; f/2, you have about correct exposure and can use flash ;)

But I agree that reflectors are a way simpeler option.


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Aug 02, 2010 23:08 |  #4

Gel.. LOVE that first image. :grin:

But, yeah... go with a reflector, first. For a couple of reasons:
1) You'll need a reflector at other times. You should always have one.
2) A 5-in-1 reflector oughta be a lot cheaper than getting another flash unit.



  
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Aug 03, 2010 02:03 |  #5

Thanks guys,
This is the image I'm having trouble with, when I tried to put like on her it seemed to spill forward onto her face ruining the natural light look.
I should of tried using a gridded spot or a snoot I guess:

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Aug 03, 2010 02:06 |  #6

René Damkot wrote in post #10650054 (external link)
This image is underexposed a bit as well.

On the flash: This was shot at 1/500 sec, f/2, ISO 100
If you add a 1 stop ND (or a polariser) and use 1/125 to 1/200s; f/2, you have about correct exposure and can use flash ;)

But I agree that reflectors are a way simpeler option.

Nicely thought out Rene


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