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August 25, 2010 - 6 went

Austin Strobist Photography Club Meetup

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    Thanks to Bruce for being our subject. Shot with one light in a small softbox, almost 90 degrees camera-left. Large silver reflector about 2 feet away from him, camera-right. Ambient two stops underexposed. The room had a hideous beyond-tungsten orange color to the light, and the flash was gelled to CTO2 to compensate. As you can see, I was barely able to bring the color back to something usable in post-processing. If this were a real-life portrait session, rather than a demonstration of balancing ambient and flash, though, I would have just killed all the ambient in the room with a shutter speed of 1/200th, and lit purely with an un-gelled flash and the reflector. Notice the highlights in his hair. A special hair light isn't really necessary - to get sharp highlights in the hair, all you have to do is use a hard light source. A standard hair light simply places those highlights on the top of the head without putting hard light on the face. In any case, I think Bruce looks great.

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