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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Hair Light for Birds... Question


Hair Light for birds? whaaa

I am creating a little home studio outside at my bird feeder and want to flash a hair light. I want the bird to stand out from the background.. Some tips please:

1 - Is there some standard approach? Distance and power?
2 - How high or to the side do you recommend?
3 - It is called a hair light no?

Canon 5DSr, 580EXII, Yongnuo transmitters, light stands.. I have two 580s and transmitters.. but I don't think I need both..no?

I paste a sheet of mat board to my house window I picked up from Michael's as a background. Then I set the camera up on a tripod and fire the system using a Photolex remote trigger.... as I am sitting in my kitchen drinking Pilsner Urquels.

For the pic below I was experimenting with a red background.... think I will go back to my blue or green one tomorrow. I believe I used a flash set on a stand near the bird but I think I just dusted the red card as I was getting some shadows from the surrounding on the trees and I wanted to wash them out. But see how I would like to get this guy to pop from the background?

Peace
Bruce in Philly














Mar 07, 2017 at 10:56 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Hair Light for Birds... Question


For some kind of of rim/separation light angle and power are pretty forgiving (especially without skin blowing out). There is no magic formula, just what you like. Get a stuffed toy or something and experiment.

A wild bird against a flat coloured background looks a little odd to me I have to say! Isn't them in their natural habitat a more interesting wildlife shot?



Mar 07, 2017 at 11:05 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Hair Light for Birds... Question


Mark_L wrote:
For some kind of of rim/separation light angle and power are pretty forgiving (especially without skin blowing out). There is no magic formula, just what you like. Get a stuffed toy or something and experiment.

A wild bird against a flat coloured background looks a little odd to me I have to say! Isn't them in their natural habitat a more interesting wildlife shot?



+1 on the unnatural colored bg.

little song birds sometime get lost in a cluttered background. i believed the intent is to isolate the bird from the bg.

imo, a bg with hues of sunsets, sunrises, or blue sky would be a better choice.



Mar 08, 2017 at 12:39 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Hair Light for Birds... Question


Ok, I thought I would have some fun posting my experiment with a red background.... here is a blue one.

So help me with a hair light.

Peace
Bruce in Philly



Mar 08, 2017 at 01:21 AM
 

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Hair Light for Birds... Question


Solid color BG's are ? in nature. Here is a BG photo that I used to make a printed BG card for wild flowers. Maybe not the best but an example of what is natural.







Mar 08, 2017 at 02:39 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Hair Light for Birds... Question


I love that background image!


As for a bird "hairlight", I would think that a flash at 1/64 power with one of those Honl grids would work nicely. You could zoom the flash to it's most narrow setting but you'd still get more of a wide-spread light pattern than with a grid.



Mar 09, 2017 at 07:58 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Hair Light for Birds... Question


Bruce n Philly wrote:
3 - It is called a hair light no?


No, it's a feather light.



Mar 11, 2017 at 08:50 PM







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