Ok, using my first profoto gear ever... the Acute ring light.. feels awesome but one problem while testing with my 10 year old daughter before my shoot tomorrow (and yes she is pretty much blinded and can only see rings everywhere... sorry)... she has major redeye when i shot her straight on... is that a typical issue? any advice?
Shooting with ring light only, without modelling light, in an otherwise dark room? The model's eyes will dilate fully and increase the risk of red eye. Using the modelling light causes the model's eyes to adjust and, in my experience, pretty much eliminates the problem.
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If using flash on-axis then red-eye is a normal problem. Some people are more susceptible to it than others and some people work in brighter environments than others. When I use my ringflash I get that problem quite often when the ambient is quite a notch down from the flash. Something I forgot when I decided to change my lighting for a Prom once and had a lot of red-eyes to tidy up. At least I was not printing on-site at that one !
Whilst mine is also a powerpack version it is only 600w/s at max and at 1/8 power it can still be uncomfortable from about 10' for some people. If using a 'macro flash' or speedlight modifier version then the red-eye reduction setting on the camera/flash should still be of benefit.
Howick Image Studio wrote: Shooting with ring light only, without modelling light, in an otherwise dark room? The model's eyes will dilate fully and increase the risk of red eye. Using the modelling light causes the model's eyes to adjust and, in my experience, pretty much eliminates the problem.
Profoto D4 accute has no modeling light. maybe I have a LED light with me
Um, hey folks, I just wanted to point out the hazards here of using a bright flash in dark conditions where your model is looking right into the light, as they likely would be with a ringlight, and especially if they are young kids, who would likely look at the photographer as a normal matter of course.
The hazard here is that a powerful flash under those conditions is capable of giving someone a first or second degree burn of the retina. I've a photographer friend who did that to himself, and it took a couple of the most miserable weeks he's ever spent before his sight recovered. No, he wasn't photographing himself, he just test-fired a new (to him) AB800. And yes, he is VERY careful now about what power level he uses and the direction he has models look as well as how bright ambient is.