What is the most flattering light for wrinkles?

Jim Beins wrote:

I am going to photograph an elderly lady who is concerned by her wrinkles. I have 2 Alien bee b 800 with silver / white umbrella. Which set up will be most flattering? Maybe a high key?

Thanks Jim

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  1. StudioLighting.netStudioLighting.net Post author

    Jim,

    Photographing a person with wrinkles can prove to be challenging as you know. However, with the use of a large light source, you should be able to obtain pleasing results for your subject. We discussed this question with Mark Robert Halper in E019 of our LightSource podcast. Mark suggested placing two strobes behind the camera pointing backwards into a wall. This creates a large light source that is well diffused. This diffused light will help soften the appearance of the wrinkles while still providing a pleasing light for your subject. He also suggested using a large sheet as a diffuser behind the camera which would have a similar effect.


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