How to Light an Elf

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LIKE MAGIC.

First off, give your petite subject an oversized hoodie, which makes her look even more, well, elvish. The hood forms a neat swirl around Hannah’s lovely face, and the deep blue of the sweatshirt mixes well with the twilight blue of the sky. Which, of course, is just a happy location accident. If I told you I planned it, I’d be lying. I looked at the first test frame on the LCD and thought, “Holy shit, that actually works!”

Try not to blurt that out on the set. It doesn’t inspire confidence in your subject or your client, both of whom desperately want to feel that you are in complete control and ...

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