How to take great Makeup Photo's with a Smartphone
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How to Take Good Makeup Photos
As a makeup artist, your work truly speaks for itself but it can bet tricky to ensure your actual work is the same as the photo you capture. In this post, I’ll be running through the basics of taking good makeup photos that will show your work for what it really is – amazing.
First off, you need light. It is the number one!! Take photographs by a window and use the good old natural diffused sunlight as your light source.
When taking makeup photos near a window, make sure the light isn’t beaming in on your subject. Have your subject stand in front of the window and face it. You’ll want to place your camera in between the subject and window, facing your subject. If you’re able to use a timer and a tripod so as to avoid casting a shadow onto your model with your body, that would be your best option. Otherwise, position yourself on an angle so as to avoid casting your shadow on her face.
Secondly, use a quality camera. Your iPhone or other phone will be fine for an online Gallery of your work but make sure you use the back facing camera as it is higher quality than the forward facing Selfie Camera. The lighting is really what’s most important (aside from the makeup being the best you can produce).
Go Easy on the Editing
Thirdly, go easy on the editing. You’ll want to color correct and crop to ensure the focus is on the face and the photo is true-to-color, but you should avoid anything aside from that. Do not add a bunch of brightness or contract, and don’t increase the saturation beyond what it actually should be. Also, avoid adding special effects like blurs, tints, or anything else. Once again, your work should – and needs to – be able to speak for itself, Remember: the point of a portfolio is to show your audience that you know your makeup… not to show them how good you are at editing photos!
Big is Better
Save the file in the largest and highest quality possible. If you have an online portfolio or need to email photos, feel free to save a second copy in a smaller size – but your originals should always be saved large. This is so you have the option to print them down the road without losing detail, and so you have the option to save additional copies in different sizes if you ever need to. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself for doing this.
*Hold the phone like you would a camera
*Don’t zoom in with the zoom on the camera, zoom in with your feet. IPhone loses heaps of quality even with a tiny bit of zooming and it becomes really grainy and pizelated. So I never move the zoom in.
*Shoot the same look a few times- the above picture shows how different your look can come across in different angles shot! I love this about photography.
* Get the lighting right! Light with camera phones is important – the lower the light the more grainy and bad quality it becomes not letting people see your beautiful work. Keep the light behind you and the look well lit.
When taking a picture of a model, you want the audience to see her makeup first. That’s difficult if she is photographed in front of a busy background: traffic, colorful flowers, complex patterns, etc. should be avoided. Try to position the subject in front of a neutral background that complements the makeup.
Don’t just take head-on photos. Try having your model look up, to the side, have them smile, then keep a serious look on their face. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your camera’s “burst mode”. Sometimes just having fun with your model and a camera will result in some spectacular shots!
Many artists make the mistake of having a model shut her eyes to take a photo of her eye makeup. This often results in wrinkles or other strange shadows on the model’s face. Instead, have the model look down. It will showcase the entire eyelid while keeping a very natural look to the shot.
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Are you trying to photograph an eye, lips, or an entire face?
If you’re showcasing a smoky eye, for example, you can focus in on that one area and don’t have to photograph the model’s entire face.
Either way, the most important part of photographing makeup is to focus on the subject, not the background. Most cameras will have an auto-focus—you just need to know how to use it.
Keep it steady!
To get a good shot, your camera needs to be stable. If you have a tripod, use it! If you’re holding your camera in your hands, you can steady yourself by at least sitting your elbows on a steady surface like a table or the back of a chair.
That’s about it! I could go into more detail and start going on about ISO and white balance and all those other fancy photography terms, but if you follow these few simple steps you’ll be great. If you have a photography tip, I’d love to hear it. I look forward to reading your comments, readers!
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Megan Rizzo is the owner and head photographer here at Studio Fascino on the Gold Coast, Australia.
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