What is a Beauty Shot?
Let's put this in simple words, a Beauty Shot is a frame that captures the headshot of the model and the main emphasis and focus is on the facial features. The model can look directly into the camera or away from the camera, all that makes a Beauty Shot stand out is that the image should captivate the viewer and should express the mood and emotions of the model.
You must be thinking that how much effort and the time it would take to click a Beauty Shot, how hard can it be? You might want to think over it, clicking a headshot is not as easy as it sounds.
That is the reason we thought of listing down 5 important things one should keep in mind in order to click the perfect Beauty Shot. Let's explore them!
How to click a Beauty Shot?
Here comes the most interesting part of this blog where we discuss in details a Beauty shot clicked to capture the expressions of the model. At the end of this, you will gain enough knowledge to set-up your own Beauty Shot.
1) Key equipments required:
To click an eye-catching Beauty Shot, you must have following equipments in your kit:-
a) A DSLR camera which provides you to a control over the camera setting such as F stops, shutter speed and ISO.
b) For a Beauty Shot, try and use a prime lens, as it provides more sharpness to your photos and thus giving you an excellent output. The ideal focal length of the lens for this situation would be anything between 85mm - 135mm.
c) A steady tripod which can easily take the weight of your DSLR camera and lens would do the job. It is the backbone of the whole setup, as a tripod helps you avoid any shake in the image and you simply place it at one position and forget about re-adjusting your camera again and again.
d) A studio light can make or break a photo, which means you need to master the art of lighting in order to get the perfect result in your Beauty Shot. You should invest in at least 2 studio lights to take your photos to the next level.
e) A light meter might not be an essential equipment to click great Beauty Shots, but it surely saves you a lot of time. With the use of a light meter, you can measure the amount of light falling on your model and automatically determine the ideal settings for your camera to capture the perfect exposure of the photo.
Using a light meter will anytime offer you much accurate exposure settings as compared to the built-in light meter of your DSLR camera.
As you can see in the image above, the frame captures the close-up shot of the model, emphasizing on her facial features. The face of the model as well as the backdrop has been well lit up to give a professional look. Let's take a look at how you too can click such breath-taking photos:
Positioning the lights:
In this setup, a total of 2 studio lights have been used: a key light and a fill light.
Key light: This is the main source of light falling directly on the face of the model. To soften the quality of light, we have used a medium sized softbox onto the studio light. Using a light meter, we measured the intensity of incident light falling on the face of the model which measured f/32.
Fill light: To overcome the hard shadows being created by the key light, and to light the hair color of the model, we used another studio light positioned almost at 70 degrees of the key light. The incident light metering of this light was measured at f/22.5, which is almost 2 stops less than the key light.
Positioning the camera:
The next step is to position your camera is such an angle and direction that it gives you the desired perspective. To avoid any change in perspective and angle always place your camera on the tripod. In this Beauty Shot, Nikon D2X was used at a focal length of 105mm. Talking about the camera settings, shutter speed = 1/125 seconds, aperture = f/22 and ISO = 100 (to avoid any grains).
In the light meter we simply set the shutter speed and the ISO and it automatically calculated the aperture setting which helped us capture the perfectly exposed Beauty Shot.
Model - poses and expressions:
Make the model move her face slightly up or down, left or right and try tilting her head off to one side, this will help you examine that in which direct the face gets perfectly exposed. Being a photographer, it is your job to get the best expressions from the model by making her feel comfortable and relaxed. This can be achieved by continuously complimenting the model with her poses and in between try to crack a joke to capture some candid shots with the bright smile.
Do remember this every time you click a Beauty shot or a portrait: ALWAYS FOCUS ON THE EYE
The eyes can speak hundred words! So it is important to always set the focus point of your camera on the eye closest to the lens. If you get this correct, a sharp and crisp eye always captures the attention of the viewer and makes a strong connect with them.
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