so there's this question i'm asked a lot & have gotten tired of answering simply because it comes 1st in the minds of veryyyy new makeup artists.
I mean the ones who just finished makeup school oo, not the practising & well experienced ones. Its the question 'What Camera Do You Use'?
It's a question i once asked 2 people, Stella of StellasAddiction & KemiKings(UK Based Makeup Artist) because i liked the crispness of the pictures they took & how obvious the details of the makeup they did were. Of course, i did my own research & got something different from what they had, but knowing helped.
What triggered my wanting to get a DSLR(meaning DIGITAL SINGLE LENSE REFLEX CAMERA but called Pro Camera by most muas)? My love for picture taking,its a hobby i took interest in sooo many years ago that i wanted to treat more seriously. Also, i had no control of the lighting conditions in the places i went to work, so my camera helps me get good pictures taken, not compromising light or crispness. Thirdly, i had been ripped off by a terrible photographer who i paid to get pictures of a bride i did and couldn't find one good shot, i was Furiousssssss!
I see people with very good cameras who still take pictures that don't flatter their hardwork. It's either too orange or very airbrushed, which could be very distracting.
So here's some unrequested advice :
1). A DSLR will never make a shabby job look fantastic. It won't help you blend poor foundation / skin coverage work; It won't help you apply falsies properly; It wont help you apply lipstick perfectly or help wrap your gele superbly. Work on perfecting the skills you have and do a fantastic job!!!
2). Try taking pictures (with & without flash) with anything you can lay your hands on - Your BLACKBERRY ; Your Point & Shoot( Sony Cybershots and the like ) ; Your Tablets & then your DSLR, if you own one.
It's for these reasons : a). It enables you see some flaws - fingerprint marks OR where u need to powder / tone down powder b). On a bridal assignment, there are loads of people taking pictures of the bride while she's been prepped for her big day. These are the pictures that circulate & reach the whole world before your DSLR pictures are shared. People who see your work judge you based on those few pictures.
If it looks good on any phone, it will look good with a DSLR, Shikena!!!
|L - BB Picture with flash ; R - DSLR Picture|
These are 2 very cogent points that helped me take it a step higher by getting a DSLR. I hope this post has inspired someone to concentrate 1st on the artistry, before the gadgets.