Hi guys, how are you doing today ? I hope you are all doing great and today’s post is a little bit different because I wanted to talk to you about my favorites tips and tricks whenever I shoot . In this particular case I want to talk to you about those close up \editorial (well I tried my best ) makeup look, but if you are interested in any kind of photoshoot let me know cause I would love to share with you what I have learn so far in this year of blogging.
Before jumping in the bits and bobs ,I want to say that I often feel the pressure to be unique and bold and not to homologate myself or my photos to anyone ,but that is totally unreachable . We are in 2020 and everything has been seen ,done and told. Don’t put too much expectation about your work and just focus on what your skills are, what you truly and genuine believe you are good at. Even if there’s nothing new to create or see ,that doesn’t mean that the way is told or made can’t be new and fresh or out there and interesting.
Seeing and emulating or imitating others photographers or instagrammers ,is ok. We need to seek inspirations in everything that is around us, from phots or films or books or just a walk in the park. Everything is a source of inspiration if we are willing to achieve and absorb it.
Said that , I am trying to find my style ,which is always evolving and I need to try everything or at least everything I can to decide what suit me better. So for now ,when I am shooting something more “editorial ” ,more makeup look focused , what I have been really enjoying and I am trying to improve are these few little hacks :
Shutter speed is the length of time when the digital sensor inside the camera is exposed to light, the more is exposed ,the more light you are letting in ,the more the photo will be exposed and bright ,well defined and super detailed. The less you let the light hit the sensor, the more blurry ,less defined and less detailed the photo will be. Once the sensitivity to light of the recording surface (either film or sensor) is set in numbers expressed in ISO (ex: 200 ISO, 400 ISO), the light emitted by the scene photographed can be controlled through aperture and shutter-speed to match the film or sensor sensitivity to light. This will achieve a good exposure when all the details of the scene are legible on the photograph. Too much light let into the camera results in an overly pale image (or “over-exposure”) while too little light will result in an overly dark image (or “under-exposure”).
This should be the exact opposite of what you want in a more editorial and zoomed in photo ,but I find this is my favorite way of showing the full potential of particular makeup products, eyeshadows and their luminosity or their glittering power are ,to me, well express in movement . Letting their particles of glitters be caught by the few photons in the room, and let them do all the talking ,is my favorite thing ever. The movement effect ,can be achieved trough moving slowly the head or your eyes ,setting the shutter speed lower and basically I try to move around until I am satisfied with the results. I love this trick ,especially when I have a nice sparkle on the eyelids.
This is a very soggettive topic, I myself am not fully convinced on this one yet ,but for now I love the result and the effect. I love a good low light, and low exposure effect on any of my photos ,even the ones for my ootds. I don’t know why fully yet ,but it gives me a more editorial and sophisticated vibe. I don’t really like a bright and full detailed photo from start ,so to me this is a natural step towards something I love.
This ,again ,is another suggestive topic, but i always try to inject movement in every photo I take, especially if I am trying to demonstrate how a particular item drapes and wears . The same concept I apply it to the makeup section . I think a blurry photo ,immediately creates a more realistic but still cool and relatable shoot .Something very important to keep in mind every time we are shooting something is for who (who is our target ) and what is our messages and in my case ,since I shoot a lots of how to style or how I like to style some items ,an item needs to be shown alive ,creating folds and shadows and moving against and on our body. Obviously a more moved photo is less focused on the details of a particular items it kind of depend what is that you prefer to be focused on.
This is probably hands down my favorite and the most important factor :natural light. To me ,and probably a lots os photographers will tell you the same thing, natural light is the best light . There’s something about the blurring effect of a natural light that makes everything looks so blurred ,soft focused and blend everything so perfectly . Obviously in the winter months ,is much more difficult to use the natural light and so you need to reach out to artificial lights that are actually really useful and I particularly would recommend the one that can be shift from cold to warm ,really useful.
With the natural lights comes the shadow factor. I know it can be a particular hate it or love it subject ,for me is absolutely something I cannot shoot without. Shadows and playing with them ,create new lines and angles and can inspire an amazing photoshoot if the lightest are right and I find myself so much more inspired when I am shooting ,when I can play with them and use them to enhance a look ,a shirt ,a shape. If you have the access or the ability to create them , I highly recommend you try this little trick.
That’s it for today guys, let me know what you think an di will see you soon.