The commission was to get some close up headshots of model Sharn Tapsell, for a promotional poster for Waiariki beauty school. Two of the star students did the makeup and hair, Shaquille and Nora, (I have contact details if you are interested in their work), and I was to pop in to get some quick shots around the classroom.
The backdrops are walls and floors around the main classroom.
The beauty school is well lit, and because it is a quick shoot I keep the lighting simple. One speedlight, on camera, changing the tilt to where I wanted the light to bounce off. Being a beauty school there was lots of mirrors and walls to bounce light off. Because the images are for big posters, I tried to keep the ISO low so there would be less noise when blown up.
Photo editing was some brightening of the eyes and using frequency separation to smooth out little teenage skin bumps.
Here are a few shots from the different backgrounds and the camera notes with them.
All shots are done with Canon 50d camera with Canon 50mm lens. Speedlight is Yongnuo 565 EX.
Black wallpapered wall.
Model sitting on black reception couch on brown varnished floor.
Teal / Blue painted wall. Model doing hair twirl. Flash bounced off ceiling. ISO 100 1/250th sec, F 2.8.
Will grab a shot of the poster once it's all made up and show it on instagram.
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