How to get softer light?

Started Sep 21, 2008 | Discussions thread
Robert J. Gonzalez
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Re: A picture is worth a thousand words
In reply to Kent Johnson, Oct 1, 2008

Put a light on the background. Don't expect your main and fill to light it, it's for your subject.

Great portraits except for one.

Kent Johnson wrote:

In any event, Silver is the most specular modifier color. Throw it in
the garbage for portraiture unless you have a professional makeup
artist around.
What do you mean by "soft"? Shadow transitions? Falloff? Non specular
characteristics?
This is a "white wall" with large white reflector on near perfect and
somewaht translucent skin:

Same "white wall" at some distance on not so great skin ;-):

This is a 3x4 white softbox with white interior and diffuser placed
close to the subject (note the faster falloff) and white reflector
camera right:

3x4 softbox @ 2ft, white reflector camera right, and fill light
under camera position @8 ft

Hope this helps a bit,
-Kent

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