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I just want to doublecheck that that an Obie goes directly over the center of the lens and it should be as close to the top of the lens as possible. None of the usual offsetting it to get proper 11 oclock catchlights, right?

And what is a good starting place in terms of the number of stops above or below the key light?

Thank you for your help.

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Depends on if your light will be a key or for fill or just for a reflection in the eyes. I often put a small light under the lens because I think its more likely to be reflected there and it helps reduce the shadows on bags under the eyes (though I keep it very dim).

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I need it for the same reason Lucien Ballard created it, to eliminate imperfections and make an actress more alluring. I would have never thought of putting it under the lens, so thank you.

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