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Bruce Watson
Re: Best way to light a subject with bright white hair
on Oct 10, 2015 at 10:31:26 pm

[Mark Suszko] "Something else to consider is relative contrast to the background: bright white or gray hair looks even brighter against a dark backdrop, even when properly exposed."

This. It's not just about level, it's also about contrast. Just don't let his hair be the brightest thing in the picture, and you'll generally be OK.

For example, if you put him in front of a white background, pull his face down to an IRE around, oh, 50-60, his hair may go to 80s, and look light gray compared to a white background at IRE mid 90s.

You could also try a mid level background that contains a practical light that's up near IRE 100. Then, even though his hair is lighter than the background, his hair will be darker than the practical which will make it seem less bright.

Play with it. There are many paths to the waterfall.

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