Tips to minimize pupils in dark 'studio'?

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Tips to minimize pupils in dark 'studio'?
Oct 9, 2010

Greetings. The room I use for portaits is a dedicated home theater room that is by design very dark. I like the darkness in that I can easily create a black background or I can use the thick, deep-red velvet drapes as a subtle backdrop. Downside is that pupils dilate. My attemps to counter this with a halogen lamp just out of the model's eye-line behind the camera work ok, but not great and can give an unwanted catch-light. (I can PS it out, but it's just another step I'd rather avoid.)

I have 2 alien bee 800s, reflectors and a wireless flash at my disposal. Any tips/advice for tight headshots with regard to minimizing pupils??

Thanks much!!

-Mike

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