Beauty Shoot Preview

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It’s been a while hasn’t it but I finally took some self portraits. I decided I wanted to do a beauty shoot, something with sleek hair and use gels because I don’t think I have ever used them before. I remembered Lindsay Adler having a lot of tutorials about using gels so I did a bit of a browse and found this lighting guide. I obviously don’t have the exact same stuff as her but the idea was the same.

It was a rough go at first and a really difficult shoot to do, especially since it’s all self portraits. I tried different colour gels, played with the lighting and tried to pull my look together. I nearly gave up because everything was boring useless shit at the beginning and no joke, I ended up with 200 photos with missed focus like the one above, and then deleted another 200 where I had a stupid pose or what ever.

I shot with the Nikkor 70-200mm lens zoomed in at 200mm, with a pretty tight crop. I had my camera tethered to a laptop so I could see everything immediately. For beauty shots every detail matters and I had to try and smooth my hair how I wanted it to look and then try not to move until I got the shot. I was also sporting a super thick gloss on my lips so I had to be careful not to mess it.

Here is how my shoot started, 200+ pics of trial and error, and then at the end of this post is the first shot that made it to the editing table. It was a long way to get there but god damn am I glad I did it and I’m so excited for the results.

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You can see that when you are super precise during all the prep and shoot, there isn’t anything drastic to be done on Photoshop. I do want to do a super clean plastic doll vibe though so I’m gonna edit accordingly. Maybe. We’ll see tomorrow.

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So I really like your finished product, the lighting turned out super cool. You are a natural beauty and the camera likes you so hard not to get something decent. I think I would do the eyebrows a bit more dramatic/intense, not a lot though. Maybe take a pencil to them to give them some more depth/definement, what do I know though I'm a guy so . . . Also in the previous photos, you had the one on the top row right side that I really liked, not sure exactly what it is about it, kind of a sultry look with a little attitude. Might be really cool with a little post edit and the lighting is unique as well. I don't really do much portrait photography though, mine is all landscapes and wildlife with a little street stuff now and then so again what do I know but nice job! Definitely got a little Vogue thing going on.

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A regular guy giving me advice on how to do my brows!? Brutal, absolutely brutal 😅

Cameras do not like me, hence the 200 times missed focus. But I work my ass off to bend it to my will. Hmm, top right, yeah I guess but it’s a bit flat, could work with some proper good editing, maybe I’ll go back to it at some point.

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All women are overly critical of themselves and all models take hundreds of shots just to get maybe 3-5 awesome shots and maybe another 10 that are in the good range. Hell, I just took 50 shots of plated food to get 3 decent ones!!! Even wild mushroom stirfry has to work at it. And on the brows, they look great I was just noting you might get a more intense look that's all 😁

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