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    blond/blue eyes/pale skin : exposure?

    Hello,

    I am from southern Europe, and I always find photographing northern types a challenging enterprise.

    Last time I did, I spot metered the skin of the face, I gave it a +1 stop, and I lost all detail in the hair (and in the environments).

    How do I nail it?


    [Administrator/power user: could you move my post to "exposure"? I did not realize there was such a category.]

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    You might have to create a more controlled lighting environment (makeshift studio). Have you tried a fill flash?
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    I can do that, but the person also wants outside photos...

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    If black and white, try reduced exposure or a reflector.

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    Yes indeed, black and white. A reflector is some kind of surface that throws light back on the face?

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    why not meter incoming light rather then reflected light?
    this should give you a far more accurate reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierods View Post
    I can do that, but the person also wants outside photos...
    Scrim a bit (add a bit of artificial shade).

    Also using an incident meter or a known target (gray card or something similar) with your spot meter should help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pierods View Post
    I can do that, but the person also wants outside photos...
    rHim him resume purseaise and him the price!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pierods View Post
    Hello,

    I am from southern Europe, and I always find photographing northern types a challenging enterprise.

    Last time I did, I spot metered the skin of the face, I gave it a +1 stop, and I lost all detail in the hair (and in the environments).

    How do I nail it?

    [Administrator/power user: could you move my post to "exposure"? I did not realize there was such a category.]

    Any ideas where the hair fell on exposure scale? How that film was developed?...
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    I'd like to see some suggestions here, as well...I've got a project that I'm working on and I've been concerned about the same problems.

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