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Sabrina Cayne
Posts: 71
Portland, Oregon, US


Hello,

I'm fairly new at photography, off and on for a couple years now. I have been in the industry for a long time though. I'm currently a professional makeup artist and have been for 8 years.

I know that changing media, changing artistic expression from being the stylist to the photographer can...muddle the intent of the image. I find myself shooting as if it where beauty shots for the makeup port instead of seeing the whole picture. I notice I either overcompensate trying so many different styles or get caught up in the beauty shot or extreme makeup work.
I recently attempted shooting natural light instead of studio light for my latest work as well and would be grateful for any tips in that area.

Any and all knowledge or opinions you would be kind enough to give is very much appreciated!!

Thank you,
Sabrina
Jan 14 13 12:55 am  Link  Quote 
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Neil Snape
Posts: 9,453
Paris, Île-de-France, France


Not sure what you are saying so:

Natural light is easier and in many cases better than artificial light.

Your natural light pictures are this^

Now if you want to improve and have better pictures, your biggest obstacle is not big at all:   watch the background and depth of field. You should try shooting with a portrait lens like a 85mm f1.8 near wide open if you can afford that.

Currently you have way too much depth and you are not watching for what else is happening in the picture other than the face.
Jan 14 13 01:06 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Sabrina Cayne
Posts: 71
Portland, Oregon, US


Neil Snape wrote:
Now if you want to improve and have better pictures, your biggest obstacle is not big at all:   watch the background and depth of field. You should try shooting with a portrait lens like a 85mm f1.8 near wide open if you can afford that.

Currently you have way too much depth and you are not watching for what else is happening in the picture other than the face.

Thanks so much for your input! I'll try that 85mm f1.8 tip the next time I shoot smile

Jan 14 13 03:55 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,554
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130107/04/50eabef48629a_m.jpg
Composition
Give the toes some breathing room not quite so close to the photo border
Like the lighting, nice soft shadows
Models left arm seems too straight, hand also seems to be forced into her pocket

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130107/04/50eabef304411_m.jpg
This is a nice simple background
Pose models left leg is over powering the photo
[Try cropping just above models left elbow, see how the models face becomes the focal point instead of her leg]

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130104/02/50e6a9ad81afe_m.jpg
I think this is the strongest lighting
Pose wise, place models hips on angle to camera, think tall raise chin a bit
[Nice “S” curve in spine]
Jan 21 13 02:30 am  Link  Quote 
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