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Old fashioned silhuette head shots. help required

bluesandtwos 7 173 1 England
15 Jul 2013 8:59PM
Hi all, I fancy having a go at the old fashioned (Edwardian?) style of portraits, the ones usually solid black on white.

Would a good technique be to sit the subject side on in front of a light box (I don't actually own one yet Blush but hopefully soon Smile). Or would that cause too much flare around the edges?
Could it be done as a standard picture and photoshopped? If so, any suggestions how would be a relatively quick and easy method?

Any help and advice anyone could give would be much appreciated,


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Griff2012 4 363 1 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2013 9:25PM
Try large sheet of white paper stuck to a window - as you say, subject sat side on. Meter from the light background and the shot is mostly there. Will probably need a bit of tweaking in editing software to achieve the 'black'. Have fun and looking forward to the results Smile
llareggub 6 825 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 5:51AM
It's not exactly traditional but very easy to do, white wall, flash behind me and the camera in front and there you go. Needed to clean a little around the edges but not really a problem.

bluesandtwos 7 173 1 England
16 Jul 2013 8:08AM
Thank you both, now I need the time to play Smile.

Llareggub, that is a cracking picture!

Thanks again guys for taking the time to help out.


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