"Fashion" lighting question

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Joe, May 2, 2007.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    There's a technique used by a number of fashion photographers (David
    Lachapelle, etc.) where (my guess is) they shoot out doors, with a
    polarizer and a flash to highlight the subject, darken the background
    and give an unnatural/"fashion" look to the photo. I was wondering how
    this technique is performed? Polarizer vs circular polarizer...does
    the flash need to be set a certain amount above the ambient light (I
    imagine this would also be subject to the desired effect the
    photographer wanted to achieve). Just looking for some general guide


    Joe, May 2, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I wonder if they use a polarizing filter on the flash.
    Rob Morley, May 3, 2007
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  3. Can you post an example? It sounds to me like it is simply the
    photographer making an exposure choice, namely to expose for (say) one
    stop underexposure for the background, and then using flash to
    correctly expose the model.
    mark.thomas.7, May 4, 2007
  4. Joe

    Pdigmking Guest

    Hey Joe,

    I wonder if your looking at a filter teqnique whereby complimentary color
    filters are used. The idea is that you put one color filter on the lens,
    and another on the flash. The two cancel eachother out within the flash
    range but render the background in different colors. Also, if you use a
    nutral density filter, you can darken the background whild shooting in
    daylight and get some interesting effects.

    Pdigmking, Sep 6, 2007
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