Behind the Scenes w/lighting explanation from Cosmic Beauty

Behind the Scenes w/lighting explanation from Cosmic Beauty

As a beauty photographer, my lighting of preference is using clam shell/Paramount. This way, the main light (key light) is positioned above the model at a downward 45 degree angle,  and a second light source (reflector or strobe) is positioned below the model pointed upwards at a 45 degree angle. This setup can be utilized with any sort of lighting modifiers such as, soft boxes, beauty dishes, umbrella's or handheld reflectors; each yields a different and unique look based on your preference. The general rule of thumb is that if your model is older or has a lot of skin blemishes you opt for a softer light modifier (such as a softbox or umbrella) and if their skin is free of blemishes you could use either hard (beauty dish, open reflector) or soft modifier(s). Important note: rules are sometimes meant to be broken, and it could all be based on your preference and the overall look you are going for. For example there have been cases where I used a hard light source for a subject with heavy skin blemishes and (not to my surprise, but pleasantly so) the results are what I had hoped for, albeit a bit more post processing. Now for the fun part!! Let me walk you through the process I used.

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My mind is always running...

So I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “if you run, then you are a runner.” This notion basically reminds us that no matter how far, how long, or how skilled you are if you put in the effort you will be recognized for it. I wish I could say the same applies for photography and retouching; that by picking up a camera or purchasing Adobe Photoshop you’re instantly a photographer or an expert retoucher. However, I don’t think it works like that, just as a beginner wouldn’t win the Boston Marathon.

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Welcome to my blog.

Welcome to my blog.

Howdy. This blog is going to be my attempt to venture down the rabbit hole and I sure do hope you all will come along with me on this journey.

When I started out, heck even now, I have had so many questions that if not answered left me lost and confused. I could spend countless hours trying to figure out one small aspect of the bigger picture and not be able to, wishing that I had a forum to turn to so I wouldn’t be stuck playing croquet with the queen of hearts. I want this to be a place where I can (we can) discuss photography and retouching topics that would include behind the scenes, tutorials, and other related matters (you tell what you want and I’ll do my best to deliver). 

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