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Mark Suszko
Re: Best way to light a subject with bright white hair
on Oct 8, 2015 at 9:55:46 pm

The dimmer isn't the answer. One trick they use in film shoots is to flag the lighting with solid and partly-transparent flags and "cutters' or nets, or put a "dot" or "finger" in the filter slot of the Fresnel spotlight ( like the "dodge" tool in Photoshop or real photo developing), so the light on the hair is reduced but the light for the face is allowed to pass along. This relies a lot of the subject staying pretty still, or they get out of the line-up of these gadgets.

You can google visual search the use of fingers and dots with stage lighting, to get an idea.

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.

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