OK.... with the help from members of this forum, I have my remedial studio lighting setup - flashes, reflectors, umbrellas, backgrounds, and other associated accessories. Thanks to all who helped me wrap my head around various things.
So for the past month or so, I've been experimenting up the wazoo, and am just thrilled with the (preliminary) results I am getting so far..... and now that I start to zoom in on the digital images (on the computer), I notice a new "issue" - or just something I wonder if others have come across - and that is the catchlights in the eyes.
When using light sources (whether a window, strobe, reflector) - and there is more than one source (cause you're bouncing light into shadows, etc.) have you ever had the issue of multiple or oddly placed catchlights? I guess it's best explained with a scenario....
Model - head and shoulder shot - looking directly into camera for effect. One light is placed camera right and slightly in front of and above the model (but closer to the side of the model - more lighting from the side than the front for a specific effect). A second light source (tried strobe, reflector - same results) is placed on camera left (right of the model) and more in lower front to bounce light back onto the darker side of the face to eliminate the shadows.... and click. So now, when I zoom into their eyes I get one of two different results......
Either there are two catchlights in each eye (one from each source on opposite sides of each eye), or (after moving lighting around a bit), I get one catch light on the right side of the right eye (model's left eye)from the camera right light, and the other catch light on the left side of the model's right eye from the reflected light source - so basically the catchlights look "wall-eyed" - or each catchlight is on the opposite side of the eye from each other.
Has anyone else encountered this, and how did you work around it? Is it a lighting placement thing, or is it just an unavoidable effect that needs to be corrected in PhotoShop?
Thanks for any insight (yet again).