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Camera Settings

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FRONT VIEW: Here’s a view of the entire setup, from an over-the-shoulder angle. I’m down low, sitting on an Apple Box (you can buy them from B&H), so my athlete has a bigger-than-life perspective. It also helps to hide the light stand and strobe behind him, lighting the background. The background needs to be a very light gray to make it easier to composite him.

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LEFT SIDE: Here’s a side view, and you can see the all-important background light. If you can get the background a nice light gray, by lighting it at a low power setting, not only will it be easier to remove your subject from the background, but when you put your subject on a different background, you won’t have any spillover from the background color.

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RIGHT SIDE: We’re using a grid on the beauty dish to narrow its beam, and focus it right on his face and the top of the ball (it attaches to the outside of the dish with Velcro). Our subject is positioned just about a foot in front of the strip banks on either side of him. If they were directly beside him, the light would spill fully onto his face, not just the edges.


  

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