How do you do that Spotlight/Light Beam effect

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elliotn Senior Member • Posts: 2,312
Re: How do you do that Spotlight/Light Beam effect
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Ed Shapiro wrote:

I suspect it is a post-processing job. If an optical spot was used to illuminate the subject, it would not be as sharp around the edges on the background- unless she was almost touching the background.

She's clearly very close to the background. But even if she wasn't, why does that preclude getting a sharp edge on the background?

The shadow on the background indicates that the light was coming in at an off-camera angle of about 30- degrees- that would not cast a perfectly symmetrical circle on the background.

It seems to me that the light is only slightly above camera - maybe 5 or 10 degrees off the horizontal axis. That would give the kind of circle we are seeing.

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