Let me start out by saying I am not a photographer. I made a vow to myself to improve the quality of my photos for my blog ready for use in a portfolio and to get my stuff noticed more. So these are tips that I have picked up from experimenting with my camera.
I don’t use any fancy lighting. All I have is my Nikon Coolpix L840 and a tripod.
These days you can’t really avoid SPF in foundations. It is something that can help your skin but it usually gives terrible flashback and ghost face in photos, like this:
It’s probably the most annoying thing about foundations.
But you don’t have to go out and buy an SPF free foundation for your blog photos. If you have SPF foundations only, or just tend to get the dreaded ‘ghost face’ in photos, here’s how I tend to avoid it.
- Tilt the flash on your camera away from you slightly. If you saw the unedited versions of my photos they are at strange angles, or I won’t be stood dead centre in the frame. This allows for the blinding light not to hit you directly in the face.
- Switch all other lights in the room off. This helps the flash focus on you and not the background since you are the closest thing to the camera.
- Stand further away from the camera and zoom in. My camera has a pretty amazing zoom on in, so I can stand further away without jeopardizing the quality of the photos. But just stand that slight bit further away and the glare from the flash won’t be as harsh.
- Use natural daylight. A flash isn’t always necessary. Stand in front of a window. The natural light will give the most lifelike quality of how your makeup actually looks. Yes, you run the risk of shadows showing for this, but if flash photography still gives you ghost face with my tips, this will be your best bet.
I hope this helps. If you have any other tips for flash photography, please leave them below. What other tips would you like me to discuss in the following Sundays?
Bye for now!