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Manipulating Catchlights


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#1 FXMPhoto

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 17:37

This past Mother's day I decided to try out a little trick I had seen from Belgian photographer Bert Stephani a while back. He used a mask on his softbox to produce a shaped catchlight on to a person's eyes. His setup can be seen here.

I used my Wescott Apollo and taped a heart shaped cut-out in front of it. The results are very encouraging.

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#2 Elsa Hoffmann

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 18:26

I think there is a market for something like this. Might be a fashionable for a period of time - but on the other hands new kids are "grown" everyday, new lovers have a first valentine's day etc. in my opinion tho, if you use a shaped softbox, both eyes (and therefor catch-lights) should be sharp.

WELL DONE for trying something new. whether anyone else likes it or not is not an issue here - its the principle and doing something out of the box (on NG anyway)
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#3 FXMPhoto

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 16:36

Yep, I agree 100% Elsa. This was a "proof of concept" shot for me. I was lucky to even get this shot, she was really fussy that day and in no way appreciated the effort I went through to make that mask for the softbox :lol: Now that I'm confident it works, I will try it again with the proper attention to expression, BG, DOF, etc...
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