Silver Bounce vs Direct Windowlight

Silver Bounce vs Direct Windowlight

Shot on Fujifilm 35mm color negative film

Bouncing direct light can be tricky at times, depending on where your constantly moving source is at the moment.

Insert Color Negative film, yes, even drugstore brand, consumer grade c35 does MANY things much better than even the best digital cameras in 2016.

Dynamic range is a funny thing. Our eyes are so used to seeing things one way, that when a camera fails to reproduce it... it looks manufactured. "Not Real."

But when dynamic range is maximized, as in the image of model Jeanette Taylor above, and you can see highlights, midtimes and shadows throughout the image; it looks a lot more like real life. We should all be so lucky to have views like this in real life!


Using Silver Bounce with direct Windowlight

As you can see in the setup image below. Two silver bounce sources were used as fill, one falling onto her up high, and one low.

The windowlight in this image is hard and unmodified, meaning there is no curtain or alternate source to diffuse or soften it up. The silver bounce was a necessity to emulate a hard, punchy fill.

The floor in particular was very dark and her legs needed lots of light because the rest of her was directly lit.


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