By Sheila Arkee
For those of you who have wanted to know my the tricks I use for taking photos of my eyes for 365 Days of Eyeshadow, here are the answers!
Through trial and error and studying at the University of the Internet, I have surely come a long, long way since taking MySpace photos in my poorly lit bathroom with a 4 megapixel Kodak Easy Share!
Photography Secret #1: It’s not about the camera.
I use a DSLR and and prime lens, but even so, it’s possible to take gorgeous, luminous photos with a point-and-shoot camera. Case in point? My friend Madelynn from Garnet Girl Designs takes all of these rocking jewelry pics with a Nikon Coolpix with the Macro setting.
If you have a point-and-shoot, become friends with your manual and Macro button! Here is a tutorial from the amazing MissCheivous all about taking photos with a Macro setting.
If you do own a DSLR, this is what I do: I use a 50 mm 1.8 f lens, which is one of the best values in the photography world. At around $100 for both Nikons and Canons, it is a MUST HAVE. I shoot in Manual mode only, and shoot wide open with an aperture ranging between 2.2 and 2.8, and fiddle with the shutter speed as needed. If that is a bunch of mumbo jumbo, let me direct you to the archives of the Pioneer Woman, who has some excellent tutorials for DSLRs.
Photography Secret #2: WORK THE LIGHT!
Do not, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCE take photos without a direct source of natural light. Do not even consider taking photos with a flash on. If you do, I will find out and virtually slap your hands with a ruler!
The best thing that anyone every taught me about photography is to always take photos with the light behind you.
With that being said, don’t take photos in direct sunlight. Make sure there’s a light source coming your way, but you don’t want to take the pics with light glaring in your eye. You can have sunlight coming your way, but take photos in an area where there is a little bit of shade to be had.
I take photos by a window and steady my hand against the window, and then snap away. To get the two eye shots you see in each post, I take about 3o photos, select the least blurry ones, and then crop as needed.
So, here are the tricks -
1. Learn your camera, and
2. Work the light to your advantage!
Remember, practice makes perfect!
Besides taking photos of my makeup, I also like taking photos of people! Take a peek at my photography website, Arkeeology.