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Catch Lights #32072
10/21/10 02:46 PM
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Marie Mitchell Photography Offline OP
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Hello everyone,
Have a question about catchlights in the eyes.
For the cat show Photographers-is there a preferred shape to that light or is it the photographers preference? I've seen different shapes: round, squre, octogon, and even rectangle. Thinking I'm more partial to the square light. I know that the modifier shape is what we are actually seeing, thus the shape question.

Thanks!
Marie


Re: Catch Lights [Re: Marie Mitchell Photography] #32073
10/21/10 04:49 PM
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I prefer what I like. And I really don't like what I don't like. It is very subjective.

I've never liked umbrella catchlights (although I may be in the minority), and I've moved between octobox and softbox lights.

Sun = round. Windows = rectangular.

Re: Catch Lights [Re: psmith] #32074
10/21/10 05:34 PM
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Marie Mitchell Photography Offline OP
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Thanks! I'm glad I asked, I love the square catchlight. Since I have those, I won't need to purchase a thing!


Re: Catch Lights [Re: Marie Mitchell Photography] #32075
10/21/10 05:54 PM
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With cats we try really hard to minimize any catchlight in the eyes since it's so easy to get eyeshine . This usually means keeping our key light at least 45 degrees off the axis of the eyes. Same thing with blue eyed dogs.

By the way, my new album 'Axis of the Eyes' drops next Tuesday.

Re: Catch Lights [Re: Ty H] #32076
10/21/10 11:40 PM
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Hey Marie,

LOL, I am one of the folks who does not mind umbrellas at all. I think what counts is that you need the proper angle of lighting, as Ty was just mentioning.

Cheers
James

Re: Catch Lights [Re: James Morrissey] #32077
10/23/10 06:19 PM
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Back to Marie's question, and to expand it a little. Is there an advantage to using any specific of the PLM's? I use a 24x36" Softbox now. Would there be a huge difference to switch to say a 48" Octobox?


Penny J. Wills
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Re: Catch Lights [Re: Sunstruck] #32078
10/24/10 01:38 AM
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Since Marie is asking specifically the Cat Show Photogs, I am going to defer on this one to people with greater experience than I. Outside of the obvious advantage of the greater light spread of the larger octobox, I am honestly not sure of any other specific advantages.

Cheers
James

Re: Catch Lights [Re: James Morrissey] #32079
10/24/10 01:41 AM
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The larger the softbox, the softer the light

Re: Catch Lights [Re: Julie] #32080
10/24/10 03:18 AM
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All depends on distance of light source to subject.

Re: Catch Lights [Re: psmith] #32081
10/24/10 10:18 AM
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Marie Mitchell Photography Offline OP
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Thanks, very interesting reading. I'll be armed with more info as my lighting class will be coming up soon. Its a part of the NYIP course. Looking forward to it.


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