Weekly Assignment #119: Hairlight

NikolaiNikolai Darth SLRLa LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
edited May 31, 2009 in Assignments
One of the (many) things that differentiates a decent portrait from a snapshot is a hairlight. It you pay a close attention, in almost every movie scene there is always a light from the back highlithing the character profile.

This time around your task is to have a capture of your subject with a hairlight. Your subject can be human, pet or whatever (vase, flower, figurine, etc.).

If you don't have studio lights - not a problem. It can be a worklight, a sun, pretty much anything. If you own a light meter - keep it about 1 stop higher that your fill/main. If you don't - use your gut instinct.
"May the f/stop be with you!"

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  • eL eSs VeeeL eSs Vee Beside himself. Outer Los Angeles.Registered Users Posts: 1,243 Major grins
    edited May 31, 2009
    Nikolai wrote:
    This time around your task is to have a capture of your subject with a hairlight. Your subject can be human, pet or whatever (vase, flower, figurine, etc.).

    If you don't have studio lights - not a problem. It can be a worklight, a sun, . . .

    Any old sun will do? mwink.gif:D

    This is an assignment I should do. Gimme a little time and I'll have one to submit. thumb.gif
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  • dlscott56dlscott56 Major grins Troy, MichiganRegistered Users Posts: 1,323 Major grins
    edited May 31, 2009
    Went looking around the house for models and they all ran the other direction. So, this is the best I could find.

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited May 31, 2009
    dlscott56 wrote:
    Went looking around the house for models and they all ran the other direction. So, this is the best I could find.
    Thank you! thumb.gif
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  • Carolina_BlueCarolina_Blue Big grins South CarolinaRegistered Users Posts: 19 Big grins
    edited May 31, 2009
    This is the only guy who would sit for me...

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited May 31, 2009
    This is the only guy who would sit for me...
    Familiar situation with the lack of models..

    However, on a larger point, an important thing about the hair light is to limit it to, uhm, hair/dead area only, as opposed to flooding the whole scene and bg with it.... ne_nau.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
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