April 24, 2018

The Art of Make-up Photography

Make-up photography is one of my favorite subjects.

You have the opportunity to -

- capture an artist at work,

– witness the birth of a swan, and

– intense, yet relaxed, interaction between people.

Composition is of the utmost importance to get a good make-up photo. In this photo I focussed on the eyes of both the make-up artist (Eloise) and the bride (Nanette).

By placing the eyes in strong positions you can immediately see and feel the concentration of Eloise while the eyes of Nanette actually shows her effort to obey Eloise’s every command because she knows the importance of perfect make-up.

The hand and arm in the middle bridges the distance between the two subjects and reflects their interaction. The positioning of the hand is just as important. I waited till I got a flowing movement that is in line between the two subject’s eyes, thus accentuating the invisible diagonal line between the two subject’s eyes.

Exif Data:

Camera: Nikon D2X; Lens: VR 18-200mm; Focal length: 40mm; Focus Mode: AF-S; AF-Area Mode: Single; VR: On; Aperture: F 5.6; Shutter Speed: 1/125s; Metering: Matrix; ISO: 100; Flash Used: SB-900; Flash Setting: Front Curtain i-TTL-BL with Nikon Diffusion Dome.

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