Hair and Beauty Shoot

January 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The Task

I was asked by the Hair and Beauty department to take some photographs of their catwalk show. Normally this would consist of taking some documentary style shots and then the event itself. I decided to do something a little different and try a studio setup.

Research

There are many diciplines of photography and hair is quite specialised so I searched the net for inspiration.

Here is a link to the article I found at Smoking Strobes

The Setup

Michael Zelbel used a shoot through umbrella in the video but I decided to use a Bowens head with a large softbox instead. A portable black background was setup and a single, snooted SB700 speedlight was placed behind the chair to add the halo effect.

 

Click here to see all the images from the shoot

Editing

All the images were edited just using Lightroom 5. It's amazing just how versatile this software is. Due to it's nature beauty photography requires a fair amount of retouching. In the case of these images I followed these steps:

  • Camera and lens profile correction get applied at import.
  • Make a custom camera profile using a Colorchecker Passport.
  • Use the passport to set basic settings and colour balance.
  • Apply the settings to the photographs in the series via Sync Settings.
  • Crop as required on an individual basis.
  • Use the adjustment brush to smooth the skin.
  • Apply spot healing to remove skin blemishes and imperfections.
  • Enhance the eyes with the iris enhance brush setting.
  • I have made my own "Hair Brush" preset that adds both clarity and a little saturation.
  • Brush in some clarity on the clothing and accessories as required.
  • Add a small amount of vignette; just enough to draw the attention in to the subjects.

Further Reading

I have been a follower of Matt Kloskowski and his website Lightroom Killer Tips

For the month of January he has given up using Photoshop and is doing all his work within Lightroom.

Here's a link: I'm giving up Photoshop for the month of January

 


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