Fill for Eyes?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by finnschi, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. finnschi macrumors 6502

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    Do you have any advice on how I can archive more fill for the Eyes ?

    Canon 20D
    2x Metz Flash (remotely triggered)

    just look at the Picture

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dafinnschi/4303840345/

    I want the eyes to stand out more but not the Hair to be over-Exposed :confused:

    any advice? :apple:
     
  2. toxic macrumors 68000

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    use an umbrella or softbox to soften the shadows, move the flash towards the camera, and/or move the flash higher so the light spills past the nose.
     
  3. finnschi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What is generally better? a Softbox or a Umbrella? I guess its matter of personal pref. but what gives me more "bang for the buck"? also what do I need for a softbox? I guess a Tripod and some kind of special bracket for the softbox to hold in place? :confused:
     
  4. toxic macrumors 68000

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    I also forgot to mention, you could also stick a reflector on the shadow side to open the shadows.

    neither is better. they are just different. there is more spill with an umbrella and the quality is slightly different between a softbox, shoot-through, and reflective umbrella.

    an umbrella.

    a speedring. lights are technically held on light stands, not tripods. softboxes are usually designed for monolights, I'm not familiar with the applications for speedlights.
     
  5. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    You're totally nuking the back of her head, you don't need a flash for that. Just get a lamp and light her from behind, and pull the flash up front so you have two, up front / or side.

    Also, as mentioned, don't underestimate the usefulness of a reflector. But first and foremost, you need to calm your backlight down. I skip right past her face and keep bouncing back to the mess of hair.

    If you don't have an umbrella or softbox, shoot the flash through something semi-opaque. Anything remotely translucent could work. If it messes up the colors just convert to BW :)
     

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