Ring light Beauty

Beauty series taken at ‘Make it Bright’ Make up students class.
With about 10 minutes to spare per look for shoot, the setup remains simple with a make up chair and constant Ring light for taking photo’s. Ring lights are really great for catch lights in the eyes. Also, with being a constant light you know what you are getting while shooting. The only catch is this light can be a bit of a hassle to reposition when changing angles, so when there is minimal time to shoot it can be a challenge. Otherwise i can definitely see why the ring beauty light is a popular choice for low budget simple setups.

Scroll through below to see various results – Images are retouched.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Model: Devon Julia
MUA: Make it Bright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Model: Nataliia
MUA: Make it Bright Student

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Model: Lisa
MUA: Make it Bright

3) Model: Milana
MUA: Make it Bright Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model: Savannah
MUA: Make it Bright Student

Jade in studio

Head shots taken of Jade in Studio.

Shooting at Knext Level Photography’s photographic studio in cape town.
From a basic single light setup, to a more creative three light approach.

Giving me two looks in essentially a simple white infinity curve space these were great light setups to work with to create different emotions.

Model: Strange Jade
MUA: Mooigemaak.
Photography & Retouching: Miss Hepburn Photography

Look 1
single light beauty dish strobe lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look 2

Three light setup. Strobe gel lights on back drop and model for colours, diffused studio light on model for added fill light.

 

 

 

 

A beauty photo series

Beauty series with – Charli X Boi

Taken in studio setup this was my first beauty approach series. This photoshoot is originally planned for great material to work on the beauty side of photo retouching. Plus with the amount of creative photo-shoots i have taken on board in the past, i thought it was a great idea to do something with the more commercial side approach.

Look 1 Gypsophila // “Baby’s-Breath”

Basically the flowers were bought and Charli created he’s make up looks around the flowers that were chosen. Flowers are seasonal and its one of those situations where collaboration is on a minimal budget. As i don’t have the exact recommended macro lenses for this approach just yet, my 80ml prime lense actually worked out perfectly fine for this setup. I then moved onto my 24-105mm zoom lense for paired look, as the room was not big enough for me to do required pullback of the prime lense.

Look 2 Dianthus caryophyllus // “carnations”

Light setup existed between beauty dish and a soft box. I definitely would love to invest in a reflector stand in the future when shooting in this approach. You don’t want to need an assistant to do that job for you on set. With Robyn’s hair i felt it would be great to subtly add accent lighting to her dark hair for added definition.

Look 3 Spider Chrysanthemum

The type of photo retouching that are applied to these photographs are very high-end. Definitely not the kind of editing one may apply to a regular shoot like Boudoir or wedding imagery, it is too time consuming for that approach.

One of the important things i definitely picked up during editing these shots is having a game plan. As discussed in Pratic Naaiks introductory lesson. It’s a phase i skipped as i rushed myself into these images.Only to discover hours later that it could have certainly saved me some time.

Then there is the removal of ‘peach fuzz’ – this comes up in unflattering lighting very easily and as every person has fine hair on their face, such detailed photography will pic up on these small things.
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There is this incredible trick on how to add eyelashes to your subjects eye. Eyes are incredibly important to get right when editing imagery for beauty, its the first place people will look at. Adding lashes are simply great to create fuller volume and complete the look.
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I have to mention the beauty of Infinite Color Panel, while i feel choosing colour tones of imagery is something i constantly feel the need to work on. This extension for Adobe Photoshop as been a total game changer and exactly what i needed to give imagery the finishing touch.

Big thanks to my wonderful dedicated team involved for this setup
Hair & Make up artist: Charli X BOI
Models: Robyn Blessie & Tuscany Rhys.

Image content can also be previewed on Bechance profile here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Photo Retouching

While i have been retouching my own photographs for many years now, there are some alignments that have taken place and have presented the opportunity for me to take some great courses by Pratik Naik – ‘The Retouching Series‘ to learn from the masters on the retouching front.

So there’s a couple of things that i have come across during this quest, such as quite a few photographers absolutely hate retouching. While its strangely enough one of my favourite parts of processing the image and giving it the final touch.

Also i find that there is an unfortunate stigmatism to retouching being the crutch to bad photography, i truly feel retouching is about enhancing a great image. Even the top industry photographers use professional retouchers to ready an image for publication. Because sometimes blemishes just cannot be concealed, and other times there is just one step missing to enable you image to go over the envelope and create that wow factor for the audience.

Personally as a retoucher there is usually a game plan through the whole shoot, so i keep my capabilities in mind and how i can use them to make the best end result with time constraints given.

Skin clearing & overall toning preview  (Click & drag for preview)

Currently i am focusing on creating good clean skin complexion, while keeping the face looking as natural as possible. While i have only made it through the first main course which is over three hours broken up into little segments on the basic properties. I would say it certainly has helped me speed up my productivity which is super handy when retouching client work.

Skin clearing with colour correction preview. (Click & drag for preview)

As seen in my click & slide over retouching previews, on very simple setups for portraiture. You will be able to see me focusing on the skin toning & blemish removal. Not changing the original face structure too much as i feel it is important to keep the subject looking close to their natural form as possible. This might sound strange to some but it is quite easy to change the form of facial structure when evening skin tones.

If you have any questions on my current approach to retouching you are more than welcome to pop me a question in the comments below. There is quite a variety of topics i can touch on the retouching front, so this blog post is really about opening the discussion where i aim to write more about this topic. There is so much to unravel with Retouching and i am pretty excited to learn more.

Why should you Boudoir?

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So here it is, why should someone do a boudoir photo-shoot.

For every person doing a Boudoir photo shoot it is a personal reason. From my side personally i believe it is an uplifting personal experience. People today are surrounded by media as commonly understood, with the likes of Facebook its always hard to keep up with the Jones’s. So if you feel like life just wants to kick you down this is a experience of transformation and self beauty awareness.You get the chance to discover just how beautiful you are presented to yourself. With the simple unique tool, your body – our beautiful bodies are the most under valued tool of life which then effects us psychologically.

So therapeutic is a big factor. Something else and probably my favorite is the transforming side. This has always been a big thing for me. The few times in a woman’s life this happens is her matric dance and wedding day. On the day of your boudoir you get to have a bit of celebrity day transformation all for yourself. Make up , wardrobe, pamper, pamper … So there’s allot to be exited about.

Now when it comes to getting your special someone a gift your running a blank with ideas. We have all done the lingerie or bake up a storm idea. Even going out to a lovely restaurant – it is very hard to be spontaneous when you’ve been in a long relationship. This is why i would highly recommend a Boudoir session. The great thing on doing a boudoir session with Miss Hepburn Photography (me 🙂 ) is you can get your pictures bounded into a book. So the gift will be given in a form of a book and fears of leaking photo’s onto the web are all gone!

Another great tip for the single and loving it ladies is getting a session done with a girl friend or two. Now each lady can take a turn in front of the camera while sipping on some bubbly and giggling away. Remember if you want to wear a blanket or over-sized shirt that’s fine its not all about how much skin you can show, as the beautiful you can be shown without you having to bare it all.

I hope this motivates you to bucket list a boudoir shoot one day in the future if not now 😉

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