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01/12/2006 10:10:24 AM · #1
Hey everyone,

I'm reading mags and journals all over the place to learn a bit more about lighting, since it seems its really my problem at the moment (especially since the recipe challenge).

Can someone put a model, name or proper description concerning these two types of lighting hardware?

"Headlight"

and

"Diffuser Light".

?!
01/12/2006 10:16:52 AM · #2
Light types - there are 2 - direct and diffused. Direct will give you more contrast, hard shadwos, sharp shadow edges, etc like a sunny day outside.

diffused is softer, soft edged shadows (if any shadows) and less contrast. think overcast day.

Now you can adjust these in intensity and of course direction or mix them up.

I assume this is what you are referring to. I have never heard the term 'headlight' - you have main/key, fill, rim, hair, spot, background and variations on them.
01/12/2006 10:23:00 AM · #3
Rim?

Its funny how sometimes people use different terms regarding lighting.

Main/key is to be the primary light source (usually in front of model), correct?

Fill is usually what 'adds' light to a scene (usually from the sides or 45degree angle), correct?

Rim? What's rim?

Hair would be when you use a light source directly on a model's hair? correct?

background is when using a light to light up the background (especially a white one) correct?

I guess i'm just making sure i know 'something' ;)

Could a Headlight be refered to as a hotshoe flash unit? (just came to me...)

01/12/2006 10:33:59 AM · #4
I was actually wondering if headlight was a hair light since it deals with the models head...good question
01/12/2006 10:47:00 AM · #5
Main/key is to be the primary light source (usually in front of model), correct?

- It does not have to be in front. It can be on the side, even behind the subject. It is the primary light which is stronger than the other lights.

Fill is usually what 'adds' light to a scene (usually from the sides or 45degree angle), correct?

- Correct. Again, direction can be from anywhere.

Hair would be when you use a light source directly on a model's hair? correct?

- Hair light is usually used from behind/top of the subject, to seperate the hair from the background, where the background is dark. Can also be used from behind to make a 'rim' around the hair.

Background is when using a light to light up the background (especially a white one) correct?

- Correct. Strong background lights are used to blow out the background and make it white.

Never heard of a headlight. Maybe someone made that up for themselves.
01/12/2006 11:01:32 AM · #6
Originally posted by RedOak:

Rim?

Its funny how sometimes people use different terms regarding lighting.

Main/key is to be the primary light source (usually in front of model), correct?

Fill is usually what 'adds' light to a scene (usually from the sides or 45degree angle), correct?

Rim? What's rim?

Hair would be when you use a light source directly on a model's hair? correct?

background is when using a light to light up the background (especially a white one) correct?

I guess i'm just making sure i know 'something' ;)

Could a Headlight be refered to as a hotshoe flash unit? (just came to me...)


Check out //www.vividlight.com/articles/1615.htm , it discusses many of these lighting techniques and is only a page or so.

Rim lighing is another name for back lighting (and is different than background lighting).

Never heard "Headlight" before except in relation to automobiles. Could it be a snooted light to give a little more illumination to the subject's face? E.g. in a full-length portrait of a dark-skined bride, you'd want to put more light on her face because there's such a contract between the white dress and dark skin.

Message edited by author 2006-01-12 11:05:20.
01/12/2006 11:57:27 AM · #7
I'd be surprised if "headlight" weren't being used as photographic slang for a strong, reflectorized floodlight, which is exactly what a car's headlight is. In other words, the opposite of a diffused light, a harsh and powerful light.

R.
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