Beauty Photography – Make-up & Hair, plus Point of View and What to Look For.

Beauty Photography – Part Four of Four Beauty Make-up and Hair Beauty photography is used to sell many things, make-up and hair products are the most common and usually the first thing that comes to mind, but beauty is used to sell much more than just cosmetics. Beauty is also used to sell brands, ideas, and ideals. There is a simple purity to beauty that sells. Think of all those famous advertising campaigns that you have seen using beauty photography to sell products like perfumes, jeans, bras, eyeglasses, or handbags, the list is…Read more …

Beauty Photography – Understanding Photogenic Beauty

Beauty Photography – Part Two of Four  A Eye for Photogenic Beauty I am not sure if having a eye for beauty can be learned, but I do think that by photographing enough people you can learn what traits are needed for someone to be considered photogenic. Some of the most physically beautiful women I've met have also been some of the least photogenic models I have photographed. Beautiful in person but flat in front of a camera. It is incredibly frustrating to have someone in front of your camera who is so…Read more …

Beauty Photography – The Power of Beauty

Beauty Photography – Part One of Four  Introduction One of my subscribers asked if I could write about beauty photography, so this is my attempt to explain something I love, but something that really has no formula to speak of. I guess what I am trying to say is beauty photography is much more than just pretty light, model, and make-up. It is about beauty, something that is always difficult to define. Beauty as they say after all, is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is visual, but it is more visceral…Read more …

How to use ambient sunlight when photographing people.

Understanding and using ambient sunlight. Indirect sunlight can also be called available light, or ambient light. The source is of course the sun , just not directly. Instead it is light that is bouncing around on earth or from the open sky. There is artificial ambient light, but that is another topic. Learning to use ambient sunlight properly is one of the most rewarding and useful skills you can develop as a photographer. It is a much more subtle skill than you may imagine. I first learnt how subtle it was when I…Read more …