How these “Make up event” shots were taken, a walk-through sharing
Random shots of one of the events in Sunway Carnival Seberang Jaya, Butterworth a while ago. It is called Perfect Transformation Make Up Show 2010 organized by Dee Beauty Forever Academy. Most of these events are held at Penang island, not so much at the mainland Butterworth. This is a good sign that shopping malls at Butterworth (or only Sunway Carnival) are improving and getting better at events.
For this post, I will be doing more of a photographer’s-how-to post. I will try to explain mostly how these shots were taken instead of an “event write up” post.
Make up artist busy working on their models. Taken from the left side of the stage to obtain the cascading pattern of the make up artists. This photo as well as the rest are taken with the 70-200mm lens.
Due to the crowded area and lack of “Media Pass” most of the shots are tight and long. Taking a wider composition might be including elements that distract the viewers.
Shooting at 200mm with a shutter speed of 1/160, ISO 800, it’s important to note there might be possibilities that the photo could be blur due to camera shake. For these kind of shots, take a burst of a few shots and choose the sharpest one. Of course you can choose to get to a higher ISO, but that would mean too much noise for a crop sensor camera like the Canon EOS 40D.
Lighting are a mix of video lights and sun light through the transparent roof of the mall. This shot is taken without flash and minor touch up on the face to boost levels and contrast.
Note the texture of the gown. Any exposure higher/brighter than this could blow out the highlights of the gown and make the gown look bland without details.
This photo shows a wide range of light levels. From the darkest eye lid to the brightest white wig. Focusing on the eyes, and metered using Evaluative metering the photo turns out to be under exposed. To get the above photo a exposure compensation of +2/3 was used.
Eye contact. One of the key elements of an intriguing photograph.
Mixed tungsten video light with flash light from other photographers. Notice the warmer tone on the model’s face.
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