Light Bounce

15 11 2009

Model -Rebecca Austin

For this shot, I used one Vivitar 85H flash pointed toward the ceiling of the room.  The light bounces off the white ceiling and fills the room with great soft wrapping light. If I had tried to direct the flash onto the model, any shadows would be harsh, deep and dark.

This method works well when the desired effect matches the type of shot you are looking to make.  But may be too soft for something, for example,  an “industrial” feel that may need more harsh, direct light. It is all up to you and the cool thing is, you can try several ways if you have the time and the model’s patience. Also notice the bracelets- no hard reflections from flash! These large specular high lights (can be seen better in bigger image , of course) keep the attention on the model- not drawing the eye to bright, sparkly things at her wrist.

This shot in color looks good, but looked better black and white. After studying the image for a while in black and white, I decided the model’s  hair needed some color to it and that should also show off the slight high lights in the hair.  I applied a very light brown color that is close to her hair color. The color wash gives the shot a different “twist” that the color or straight black and white did not achieve for me.

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