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#1 David Calson

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 05:37 PM

So I've heard you should use front light on woman's faces, doesn't that make the picture look flat? How do you compensate and add depth/contrast?

Also, let's say you do use front light, maybe you put topper on the light to separate them from the background, doesn't the topper only darken most of the upper half of the bg, how would you finish darkening the bottom half? Thanks
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 05:50 PM

That's beauty lighting primarily. Used when you need to make someone beautiful. You can separate with back light/kickers, color etc. Best bet would be to look at some older black and white films from the 30s, 40s etc, for great examples of beauty lighting, dissect how they build contrast in the scene.

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Also there is a great shot in Rear Window, which I can't find, that has some amazing separation through lighting/color.

some other examples:
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(color hit in b/g for some seperation)
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best I can find now via google and a sleepy mind.
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