When you use powerful lights behind a model’s head, several issues arise. One of those issues is that light passes through the subject’s earlobes. Luckily, there is a quick fix for that, and you don’t even need Photoshop to do it. It’s easy; all you need is some gaffer’s tape. And as Glyn Dewis says, if you say to yourself that you’ll fix it in post later, drop your gear and slap yourself for being lazy:
Simply stick some tape behind your model’s ears. Make sure the tape covers the ears nicely and that the edges don’t show up over the ear. You don’t want to be bothered with cloning out rogue tape edges.
It’s important to use tape that blocks light efficiently. If the flash is powerful enough, you might need another layer. Our ear skin is thin and the light can easily pass through thus altering the color of the earlobes.
In Dewis’s images, the issue isn’t really that bad, however, if you were to use a hard and powerful rim light, the issue might be far worse—and not even Photoshop would save you.
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