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    Default Making Catchlights outside studio

    Would like to ask if anyone can share their experimentations on making catchlights on location without studio lighting?

    If using flash unit, how would you position and angle the flash unit if you don't have an extra hand to hold for you? Would you consider using 2 flashes to make 2 catchlights (or 1 flash unit to the side and use popup flash?)

    In your opinion, which O'clock (or o'clocks with 2 catchlights) do you find most aesthetically pleasing?

    If you don't happen to have flash handy, has anyone experimented with alternative ways to make appealing catchlights? For example superstrong torchlight or big (but still portable) lamp?

    If there is more than one person in the shot, any guidelines to follow with making the catchlights for more than 1 person?

    TIA for your guidance

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    Default Re: Making Catchlights outside studio

    Ever hear of a reflector?

    So let's go through your questins, though most can be found in basic guides online.

    1. Depends entirely on the shoot, the effect I want, the location, the model make-up. Off-shoe on on-shoe, one flash or 2, 3, 4, 5, all depends on what I am trying to achieve.

    2. Most guides would say 10 or 2 o'clock. But again, this depends entirely on the shoot, the effect I want, the location, the model make-up.

    3. Reflector, or windows, or natural reflections off other objects. Why make your life so complicated?

    4. This depends entirely on the shoot, the effect I want, the location, etc.


    stop looking for magic formulas. There are none.
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    Default Re: Making Catchlights outside studio

    If you want catchlights, you want a big light source that is close to your subject. So flash modifiers like soft boxes or beauty dishes will work, when you place them close to the model's face (you need them to be off camera)

    Also, I do not recommend shining a super strong torchlight into your model's eyes.

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    I didn't know u can make.uncle Bens...

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    Default Re: Making Catchlights outside studio

    Probably one of the easiest ways are larger reflectors or mirrors, depending on what works.

    However, do know that such accessories may affect the shot you want, unless you make it a point to keep the reflected light angle off your subjects' face/body.

    The other way is to add them in post. Look up 'adding catchlights in photoshop' in Google or youtube.

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    Default Re: Making Catchlights outside studio

    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Ever hear of a reflector?
    3. Reflector, or windows, or natural reflections off other objects. Why make your life so complicated?

    4. This depends entirely on the shoot, the effect I want, the location, etc.

    stop looking for magic formulas. There are none.
    Just wanted to check out if anyone has had any success with making sizeable catchlights by improvising without reflector or softbox. Will try to take advantage of window if I can, thanks for the tip

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    Default Re: Making Catchlights outside studio

    Quote Originally Posted by rubberbands View Post
    Would like to ask if anyone can share their experimentations on making catchlights on location without studio lighting?

    If using flash unit, how would you position and angle the flash unit if you don't have an extra hand to hold for you? Would you consider using 2 flashes to make 2 catchlights (or 1 flash unit to the side and use popup flash?)

    In your opinion, which O'clock (or o'clocks with 2 catchlights) do you find most aesthetically pleasing?

    If you don't happen to have flash handy, has anyone experimented with alternative ways to make appealing catchlights? For example superstrong torchlight or big (but still portable) lamp?

    If there is more than one person in the shot, any guidelines to follow with making the catchlights for more than 1 person?

    TIA for your guidance
    Heee i tot u were referring to the mod.
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