Specialist Techniques and Process 3 – Professional Practice


Working with make up artist and taking part in Photography workshop

I was contacted by a Make-up artist studying in her 3rd year at the collage. We arranged a date and time for the shoot –  Photographing her make up ideas for her studies. We exchanged emails of her ideas and what style of images she wanted.

The first look – the MUA wanted an editorial style image, cropped, close ups.  Taking this in to consideration i decided to sit the model down and use a beauty dish, this allowed for a dark background and only the model to be lit in detail. I started off using a tripod and 135mm lens however i struggled to get the close up cropped images with this method. I then went free hand. We also added in a large black flag behind the model to darken the background so that it was black and not dark grey in order to enhance the make-up colours. I begin photographing the model from the side and at different angles and getting her to look in different directions. Looking over the images I found that they are not all as sharp and focused as well as I thought they were, I need to work on focusing correctly and not letting camera shake affect me working free hand.

The second look – This was not the look the MUA intended to create however she improvised, due to it been a bright coloured look i decided to light the background up now as well, having a soft grey/white background will emphasise the colour of the make-up.  I also added in a reflector (silver) as it added a glow to the models skin and added an airbrushed/smooth affect over it also. I photographed in different angles and styles again and changed from a soft grey to a brighter white background. I used the Cannon 5D mark III for this look and found having more range with the lens worked better and the quality of the images is much stronger. However when looking at the images i noticed some of the eyes aren’t focused due to having to focus on both eyes separately.

Overall I am happy with the images I produced and so is the make-up artist. I have learnt that I need to have more option with lens lengths in order to capture different angles. I need to work upon my focus/sharpness as well as camera shake, and potentially practice using other camera kits to see how they work and if I can solve the problems with them (use Cannon 5D mark III and work out how to focus on both eyes separately.

Whilst I did this shoot, the Studio was also booked out to deliver a Photography Workshop to show potential degree students what equipment is available to them. I had them watching me work and direct the shoot and also got them engaging with the light set up I had used, use of reflectors and was also answering questions they had about the course and photography. I found I had more knowledge on lighting set ups and the effects of reflectors and how to position the models than I thought.



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Olivia Bates

My aim is to delve in to the alliance between fashion and people so I can explore the link between the subjects in order to communicate my image I have the ability to approach any difficult situation and solve any problems to find resolutions in order to work efficiently. I can manage situations, communicate honestly and have a trustworthy manner as I am expressive and take no nonsense which allows me to get the job done. Please contact me at; livbates93@gmail.com and visit my website; www.oliviabatesphotography.foliohd.com

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