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#1 G McMahon

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 09:58 AM

Hello all,

How do I achieve good solid highlights frontally? Soft lighting on a face seems to give the hit side an even, soft look, and if I push the exposure the hit side uniformly get brighter. Hard lighting with a fresnel, I basically get the same results except the shadows are darker. I can get some highlights with back/ ¾ lights and also when fake sweat is added. I have experimented with combinations of soft with underexposed hard lights with interesting results but what I not been able to achieve is a face with good frontal highlights. I cannot think of any references at hand, except a lot of cosmetic magazine ads which lends me to think it is something added in post.

Is it that the make up has dulled the sheen, is it a post thing, is it a knee thing? What am I missing?

Thanks all
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 11:06 AM

I think he's talking about the contrasty look in fashion ads (sort of like reversal film) shooting faces with a little sheen -- sometimes that's from using baby oil on the skin.
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