Makeup is everywhere today. Professional cosmetic photos are always in demand.
Clean Your Makeup Beforehand to Avoid Extra Work
Gently wipe the products with a dry cloth or wet wipe. It’ll depend on the material. If possible, spray the product with water to get rid of dust.
Use Natural Light to Save Money
When you think of product photography, professional studio equipment comes to mind. Studio photography is an important part of the makeup industry, that’s true. But it’s no longer the only option out there.
The highlights and shadows add depth to the image. This is important in makeup photography.
Change Your Aperture in Different Locations to Diversify Your Results
For lifestyle photos with more than one product, use a large aperture. It’ll make your main subject stand out. Your aperture needs to be large enough to blur the background. But it should be small enough to capture important details on the makeup. Something like f/2.8.
In a studio with a white backdrop, you can use any aperture you like. If the backdrop has details that you’d like to remain sharp in your final product, use a small aperture like f/11.
In either case, use a tripod. This will ensure that you don’t end up taking shaky pictures by accident.
Don’t Use Flash to Avoid Unflattering Glares
More often than not, makeup products are shiny. Or they have some kind of glitter on them. This makes them impossible subjects for flash photography.
If you need extra light, use a DIY reflector (foil or paper). It’ll create more highlights and soften shadows.
Use Colourful Backgrounds to Enhance the Makeup Product
The key is choosing the right background colours. Use vibrant colours as long as they don’t take the attention away from the makeup.
Soft pastel colours tend to complement almost every other colour.
You can also use black backdrops for an atmospheric effect.
Experiment With Unusual Lighting to Make Your Photos Look Unique
Makeup product photography comes with a lot of helpful guides. Don’t let this stop you from breaking a few rules.
One of your main goals is to make the makeup look as appealing as possible. To do this, you can use unconventional lighting tricks.
This created an elegant combination of shadows and highlights on the cleanser.
Without these textures, it would look like a simple product. The unusual light gave it a boost of energy. Without it, beautiful product photography wouldn’t exist.
Make Sure Your Style Is Consistent to Avoid Messy Results
As you take different photos of makeup, you’ll start to develop your own photography style.
The more you experiment, the more you’ll find out about your creative preferences. You’ll also find it easier to take appealing photos wherever you want.
You need to be consistent when it comes to product photos. Once you have a few looks in mind, stick to them throughout your shoot.
This applies to lighting, color correction, and framing. If you experiment too much, you’ll end up with results that are creative and messy at the same time.
This is very important in client photography. Consistency and quality are more important than anything else.
Surround Your Product with Elegant Details to Avoid Boring Compositions
Makeup is often associated with elegance and softness. If you’re taking lifestyle photos, this is a great way to enhance your compositions. You’ll avoid boring results.
Place flowers, glitter, rings, etc., around the makeup. Like colourful backgrounds, these props should be soft enough to enhance the products. They should not take the spotlight away from them.
When taking photos of makeup surrounded by other objects, make sure you use a large aperture. Too many details will confuse the viewer and make it seem like everything is for sale.
Also, you can use manual focus so that your camera doesn’t end up focusing on the wrong object.
When you learn how to photograph makeup, you’ll be able to create what your clients ask for. And you’ll take striking photos of any makeup product.
In today’s world, this is an important skill that can lead to photo opportunities that you deserve.