Tips To Use Your Phone’s Camera To Showcase Your Work
If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve learned some amazing things about becoming a professional makeup artist. We’ve touched on topics such as how to create a high-quality makeup portfolio, how to stay ahead of the competition, getting the best makeup artist kit, and the absolute necessities you need to keep in your kit at all times. We get a lot of questions about our program and makeup artistry in general, so today we’re going to cover one of the most asked questions; How do I take professional photos of my work using my phone’s camera?
Be mindful of your lighting.
The most important element to taking professional quality photos of your work with your cell phone camera is to be mindful of your lighting. A standard shot can be best taken in front of a window where plenty of natural light shines through. You don’t need any special lighting equipment; just let the sun do it’s thing! If you are wanting to be a little more flexible and take photos any time day or night, you may want to consider investing in studio lighting. You can find inexpensive lamps online quite easily. One thing you want to check when you purchase your lights is that the intensity level is able to be adjusted. Also, make sure your subject is facing your light source. It’s going to take a little practice at first but before long, you’ll get the hang of it.
Choose a decent camera.
Don’t be fooled into thinking you need to go out and spend thousands of dollars on a professional photographer’s camera to take your photos. Smart-phone cameras are actually incredibly good and offer the convenience of always being on-hand. You don’t need any extra equipment to use your cell phone camera either. Of course, if you want a more professional looking shot, it’s never a bad idea to invest in a top line digital camera. Take time to do your research before purchasing your camera. Make sure that the one you choose has all the elements you are looking for; adjustable screen, tripod compatibility, and proper lenses are things you will want to look into before buying. It would be helpful if you had a nice case to protect your camera during travel as well.
Follow these tips when taking photos of your work.
Now that you have your lighting all set up and your camera is ready to go, you’re ready to start shooting. Begin by making sure the subject is in focus. You don’t want to go through all of this work just to end up with blurry or fuzzy pictures. Stay away from using your flash if at all possible. Flashes tend to wash out the picture; natural light is always the best option. Again, if you are shooting somewhere dark, be sure to use studio lighting. Lastly, be sure that the focus of your image is your face and neck. You want the emphasis to be on all of your hard work and not on anything else in the picture. A slightly downward angle on the camera tends to be a little more flattering. Also, lifting your chin can help reduce shadowing. Take some practice shots of a friend and adjust the settings on your camera until you have gotten your pictures to come out just the way you like. This may take time, so be patient with yourself.
These tips are best for photographing your products.
There will be times when you will want to take photos of your products, for instance, if you want to showcase the products you used to create a certain look or if you want to endorse the use of a certain product. Some artists like to put together their favorite products and photograph those for others to see. The biggest thing to remember when photographing your products is to make sure that you clean them first. You want to let people know that you are a professional. Dirty products will only lead people to believe you don’t take pride in your work or you aren’t well-trained or well-educated.
As with photos taken of your models, you want to use as much natural lighting as possible. Avoid using a flash so your products don’t look washed out. And remember, if you’re shooting where it is dark, set up your professional lighting and let it do the work.
Lastly, choose a background that is clean, plain, and simple. You don’t want anything with patterns, bright colors, or lettering on it. This distracts from the image you are trying to feature. Instead, choose neutral colors and plain backgrounds; maybe add a flower or some greenery for effect, but don’t overdo it.
Taking your own photos can be an exciting endeavor and can also save you quite a bit of money. With just little investment, you can not only take your own photos but you can share them with the world to promote your work and land even more clients.
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