Position of Hairlight

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Michael Firstlight Veteran Member • Posts: 3,754
Re: Position of Hairlight

I use a strip box positioned just above the background up behind the subject.  Because of its length it can be a hair light for an individual or a group.  The trick I use it to feather the hair light most of the time.  That is, it is not pointed down directly at the subject's head - instead it is pointed somewhat upwards and I use the upper inner angled side to bounce (feather) the light back down.  That ensures that the light doesn't add to the light hitting the background (unless I want it to with a white background).  Because the light is up pretty high there is no direct light or flare to deal with. One of the benefits of doing this is I almost never have to reposition the hair light and can simply turn it on and on when I need or don't want it.


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