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2180 Views 20 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  allanmodel
I purchased a halogen light for the purpose of taking better pics.

I have a few questions that I haven't been able to find the answer to.

1) Placement of the lamp; should I place it directly over the model, in front or behind? I have tried all three positions with limited results.

2) how far away should I place the lamp away from the models, 6" or 1' or further?

3) should I turn out all the other lighting in the room or should I just have the room lit normally?

Any help on this or even better tips will be greatly appreciated. :feedback
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StygianMax said:
(2) I actually use 3 halogen light "heads". All are over 2' away. I lower the shutter speed (i.e. leave shutter open) for a longer period of time to allow more light in. One of my lights is a floor lamp with one fixed light facing upwards and another on a "gooseneck" arm. My second light is also a halogen floor-lamp on a double-joint arm.
I think SM just exposed maybe the principle aspect (in a pratical sense) for a good shot: three lamps and the right angles between the camera and the model.

The best would be a light tent of course, but if you have three lights correctly positioned you can get some very good shots.
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