Choosing a photographer.

Choosing a photographer.

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30 Oct 2013
Themakeupfairy
Make Up Artist
Themakeupfai..
Hi there MUA's I'm tierd if taking pictures of my work and the camera not given my makeup much justice! My work looks better in real life it's asif the camera doesn't catch colours. Anyways any body got any advice? Anybody know any good photographers to help me out on this? Also I would like my work look like it's on magazine cover the smooth flawless look. Would be interested in any good photographers out there. And any tips or advice MUA'S can offer.
Posted 30 Oct 2013
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
You need to understand the difference between a good/bad photographer yourself simply by looking at the images they produce. It's actually very easy to get accurate colours with digital cameras and there are affordable tools to do this (such as colour swatches that you can photogaph to balance the colours accurately when using photoshop), any photographer who cannot do this is somewhat incompetent IMO, but again you should be able to ascertain whether they'd be competent or not from their images - at the very least for beauty work their photos should be razor sharp, no colour casts and no cheesy effects added. At a push any potential photographer should be able to send you high-res examples of their work (even if watermarked), if they refuse they clearly have something to hide (as in they're crap and don't want to embarass themselves).
Posted 30 Oct 2013
artistoli
Photographer
artistoli
RedChecker

You need to understand the difference between a good/bad photographer yourself simply by looking at the images they produce. It's actually very easy to get accurate colours with digital cameras and there are affordable tools to do this (such as colour swatches that you can photogaph to balance the colours accurately when using photoshop), any photographer who cannot do this is somewhat incompetent IMO, but again you should be able to ascertain whether they'd be competent or not from their images - at the very least for beauty work their photos should be razor sharp, no colour casts and no cheesy effects added. At a push any potential photographer should be able to send you high-res examples of their work (even if watermarked), if they refuse they clearly have something to hide (as in they're crap and don't want to embarass themselves).



+1 I'd agree with this entirely.
Posted 30 Oct 2013
carshaltonkev
Photographer
carshaltonke..
Themakeupfairy

? Also I would like my work look like it's on magazine cover the smooth flawless look. Would be interested in any good photographers out there. And any tips or advice MUA'S can offer.


The smooth flawless look on magazine covers is not because of the fabulous photography, or the fantastic make-up. It is mostly to do with the amount of editing/ Photoshop that goes on before the image hits the magazine cover. I dare say there are top professionals doing this editing and, from what I have heard from those in the trade, it won't be the photographer that does the editing for magazine covers. I'm sure the differences between before and after are huge. Even I would look great on a magazine cover?!

Posted 31 Oct 2013
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
carshaltonkev
The smooth flawless look on magazine covers is not because of the fabulous photography, or the fantastic make-up. It is mostly to do with the amount of editing/ Photoshop that goes on before the image hits the magazine cover. I dare say there are top professionals doing this editing and, from what I have heard from those in the trade, it won't be the photographer that does the editing for magazine covers. I'm sure the differences between before and after are huge. Even I would look great on a magazine cover?!
Exactly
Posted 31 Oct 2013
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
carshaltonkev

The smooth flawless look on magazine covers is not because of the fabulous photography, or the fantastic make-up. It is mostly to do with the amount of editing/ Photoshop that goes on before the image hits the magazine cover. I dare say there are top professionals doing this editing and, from what I have heard from those in the trade, it won't be the photographer that does the editing for magazine covers. I'm sure the differences between before and after are huge. Even I would look great on a magazine cover?!



Whilst there is a large degree of this, a clean/natural photograph taken by a competent photographer with good lighting technique goes a VERY long way, and again I iterate that it is not hard to get achieve this if the photographer is half decent.  For a MUA's portfolio unedited images are preferable anyway.
Posted 31 Oct 2013
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
From what I understand, this BBC Children In Need Campaign involves no makup or airbrushing. A great example of how good, flattering lighting can be to a subject, and it's this sort of thing (as a MUA) you should be after IMO:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p01gvfhp
Posted 31 Oct 2013
Edited by RedChecker 31 Oct 2013
vasquito
Photographer
vasquito
RedChecker

From what I understand, this BBC Children In Need Campaign involves no makup or airbrushing. A great example of how good, flattering lighting can be to a subject, and it's this sort of thing (as a MUA) you should be after IMO:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p01gvfhp


Interesting link.

All taken with a single large ( -ish ) octobox and a supplementary reflector to fill in under the chin ???   Or am I reading it wrong ?
Perhaps Purestorm should run it's own "Go barefaced - er.... BearFaced" for children in need ?





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Posted 31 Oct 2013
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
vasquito

All taken with a single large ( -ish ) octobox and a supplementary reflector to fill in under the chin ???   Or am I reading it wrong ?


Yep, it looks like a clamshell-like setup to me too.  It's a simple but effective setup for flattering images that will serve the OP well if they can find someone who can do it.
Posted 31 Oct 2013
silverk
Photographer
silverk
Or......http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/31/realities-of-photoshop-video_n_4180537.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Posted 1 Nov 2013
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