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Chapter Two. Building a Studio from Scra... > Testing Your Hair Light’s Position

Testing Your Hair Light’s Position

SCOTT KELBY

A trick for checking the position of your hair light, to make sure none of the light from it is spilling onto your subject’s face, is to turn off your main strobe (your front light), so nothing but the hair light is turned on. Your subject should be in complete silhouette, with no light on their nose, cheeks, or face whatsoever. If you see any light now, you’ll need to either move your subject forward or your hair light back a little bit, until you only see light on their head and shoulders—none on the face. A trick my buddy Andy Greenwell uses is to leave all the modeling lights on, but put your hand flat out over their forehead (like you’re shielding them from the light). Move your hand in toward their forehead and back out. If your hair light is in the right position, you shouldn’t see any change of light on their nose while you move your hand in and out. If the light changes, then light is spilling onto their nose, so you need to move the light back just a bit.


  

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