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Old 07-09-2007   #1
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Which is best for hair lighting, a softbox or a snoot, and why?

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Softbox or strip softbox because it places a clean specular highlight along a longer length of hair than a small hard source like a snoot. Use a softbox/strip light with a recessed screen and a fabric grid to control spill.
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For two or more people a small strip light or rectangular softbox will work quite nicely, as it gives you a "shotgun" approach, but for one person I like a small snoot for a more "rifle" approach. For years I use a small softbox for everything, but it tends to spill onot the shoulders, BUT with Photoshop that can be fixed quite easily nowadays.

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Hope you don't mind me crashing your post here doakra, but I was wondering what sort of light should be used as a hairlight. Forgive my ignorance as I'm new to studio lighting. Lights such as, the hairlight or background light, are on continuously correct? They don't fire like studio flashes do right? So, what kind of light do you buy? If someone can direct me to a picture example I would really appreciate it. Thanks
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Background lights, hair lights, key lights, etc. can be either flash or continuous. For photographing people flash is the better choice because it's not hot, has clean repeatable color, freezes motion and is more powerful.
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Hope you don't mind me crashing your post here doakra, but I was wondering what sort of light should be used as a hairlight. Forgive my ignorance as I'm new to studio lighting. Lights such as, the hairlight or background light, are on continuously correct? They don't fire like studio flashes do right? So, what kind of light do you buy? If someone can direct me to a picture example I would really appreciate it. Thanks
I prefer flash for the reasons listed in the previous post.

As for the examples, Benji has an excellent tutorial here:
http://www.photocamel.com/forum/tuto...hting-how.html
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Ahh....thank you brooks & doakra.
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Which is best for hair lighting, a softbox or a snoot, and why?
Depends on what you're looking to achieve. If you want a hairlight that also provides some highlights on the shoulders, go with the small softbox. If you want to keep the hairlight confined to the hair, go with the snoot. If you're using a small softbox or a small strip and you're concerned with controlling spill, get some cine-foil (black foil) and attach to the sides and bottom of the box, to flag and control the light. Right tools for the job and all that.
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Depends on what you're looking to achieve. If you want a hairlight that also provides some highlights on the shoulders, go with the small softbox. If you want to keep the hairlight confined to the hair, go with the snoot. If you're using a small softbox or a small strip and you're concerned with controlling spill, get some cine-foil (black foil) and attach to the sides and bottom of the box, to flag and control the light. Right tools for the job and all that.

what if you're using no Hensel lights?


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