Position of Hairlight

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Klaus dk
Klaus dk Veteran Member • Posts: 5,959
Re: Position of Hairlight

With a soft main, the hair can get rather dull. Black hair may end up a black mass without any definition and can easily blend into a black background, and blond hair will lose detail and look flat. The hairlight offers reflexes that makes the hair look like hair and not a hat, and separates black hair from black backgrounds.

Where you place it differs with the look you want. The only rule I know of and follow is that the hairlight should not light the forehead and the nose. I also try to avoid the hairlight shining through the ears.

In most cases I use a narrow (10 - 20°) grid on a standard 7" reflector on a boom placed above and slightly behind the subject, but have also used gridded beauty dishes 45° up and from the sides as combined rim and hairlights.

Good luck and good light.

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