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Duke Sweden
Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 26, 2018 at 12:29:01 pm

As you can see, I'm a very handsome man. But aside from that, I have this problem with natural lighting. It seems to be worse in the summer, I'm assuming because of the angle of the sun. Anyway...

My question is, what's the best way to eliminate the shine on my nose. On the bottom picture, as you can see, when my head is tilted down my skin exposure is perfect. But in the top picture, when I lift my head, my nose gets that bright overexposure. Can this be fixed in Resolve? Or should I resort to some pancake makeup to eliminate the shine beforehand? If I lower exposure to eliminate the shine then the entire frame is underexposed. I guess my main question is can Resolve fix that, and if so, how? Otherwise I'll have to resort to some other method.

Remember, I'm a hack, I do this for fun, I don't have reflective umbrellas and all, so I'm looking for the simplest fix if possible.

Thanks in advance.


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Warren Eig
Re: Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 26, 2018 at 3:18:20 pm

Do you have a frame of diffusion or even a single or double net you can rig off camera to knock the ambient light down that is hitting your nose. I always think it's better to fix when shooting.

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Duke Sweden
Re: Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 26, 2018 at 5:23:58 pm

Agreed. Thanks for confirming. No, I don't have anything other than my camera. As others here know I'm just an amateur hack, I shoot stuff just to play with in Resolve, but if I can just lick this one problem I'll be a happy man. I've gotten lots of good advice here and in the reddit forum. Thanks, Warren!

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Misha Aranyshev
Re: Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 28, 2018 at 8:03:41 am

Unless you're shooting Arri Alexa there's probably zero information in the blown out highlight so there is noting to fix in post. Couple of things to try:

1. Go into the camera menu, find "knee" and play with it. It will change the response curve a little bit sop highlights aren't blown out.

2. Get a sheet of white foam board and bounce some sunlight onto your subject from below. Dial down aperture (or shutter) to compensate.


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Duke Sweden
Re: Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 28, 2018 at 10:28:38 am

Thanks, Misha! There is no "knee" setting on a GH5 but there is a way to bring down highlights even more, I'll give that a shot. As I said above, I'm just an amateur hack, all I have is the camera, so...

Just wondering though, why this is less of a problem in the Fall and Winter? The angle of the sun? I only shoot on cloudy days, btw.
Cheers.

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Bill Ravens
Re: Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 28, 2018 at 11:42:51 am

In many cases, spectral hilites can be knocked down with a polarizing filter on the camera at the time of capture. You may want to try that approach.



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Duke Sweden
Re: Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 28, 2018 at 8:38:07 pm

I will. Thanks.

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Joseph Owens
Re: Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 28, 2018 at 7:40:22 pm

[Duke Sweden] "The angle of the sun?"

The answer is in your question ..

On the bottom picture, as you can see, when my head is tilted down my skin exposure is perfect. But in the top picture, when I lift my head, my nose gets that bright overexposure.

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Duke Sweden
Re: Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 28, 2018 at 8:39:09 pm

Why did you quote that second part of my post but not add anything?

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Joseph Owens
Re: Fix in post, or take care of this in camera?
on Jun 29, 2018 at 12:10:57 am

[Duke Sweden] "but not add anything?"

Because it is the answer to your question. It is the angle made between the incident light (sun) and your subject.

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