Evaluation- Process, Pros & Cons

For the editorial project brief we had been commissioned to photograph an editorial spread for The Telegraph Magazine. We had the choice of what to photograph but it had to be within the four topics of food, fashion, product or portrait. We were given a studio slot to use the Phase One Cameras and the Capture One Software to photograph our images with.

I focused my editorial images on the latest beauty trends for the current seasons. I decided to look into the recent trends in terms of colours, skin makeup and eyebrows and focus on the top trends within my pictures. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of photographing a fashion editorial spread, and I enjoy photographing beauty and portraits so that is how I came to my idea.

I didn’t face many problems during this project to be honest. The only hiccup I had was trying to relate my pictures to the Telegraph Magazine demographic, but after looking into it and pitching my idea to Julian, I think I have made it seem that beauty trend editorials can fit within any age range.

I had a lot of positives during this project in terms of having a solid idea and initial research done very early on, I had a smooth shoot day in terms of getting my equipment and having a good team sorted, I got some good quality images that work well within the layout and I also am proud that I have managed to photograph, edit and get everything finished for the deadline.

I wouldn’t change much if I was to do this project again, except that I would maybe choose food and/or drink for the current seasons. It is a type of photography I have always been slightly interested in and think it would have been a very fun and colourful shoot to create.

I feel that my images support my topic and idea well and show what I initially wanted them to. They show the current skin and makeup trends for the Spring/Summer seasons.

Testing My Edits In The Layout

When testing my images in the layouts, I had clear favourites that worked really well together in the layout. I had favourite images of the red lipstick look, the gold highlighter look, the blue pastel eyeshadow look, the purple eyeshadow look, and the four small cropped down images of the eyes and lips.

 

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My Favourite Edited Images

Emmy-

 

These are my favourite images of Emmy. Out of my favourite ones I managed to pick one from each makeup trend. I liked these particular images of each makeup trend because they really show good colour and skin. Mt particular favourites are the images of the freckled skin and blue eyeshadow. I really like how they came out in terms of the lighting, angle and pose she is doing.

The makeup look of the winged eyeliner is one where I edited on the makeup using Photoshop. I didn’t get the chance to photograph a look like this on the day, but had looked into it beforehand, so therefore I took one of the plain images of Emmy and edited on the eyeliner to create another look.

I am proud of how these have come out and that I managed to capture each makeup trend I had intended to.

 


Nana-

 

 

 

 

 

The images of Nana that I like the most consist of three of the red lip trend, one of a green eyeshadow look and one of a pastel purple eyeshadow look. The ones of Nana in the bold red lipstick are probably my favourite images out of the whole shoot. We had a lot of fun taking these images and she was great at showcasing the red lip trend.

The images of the purple eyeshadow trend didn’t come out how I had imagined them too, I still like them but am just a little bit disappointed by them. I wish I had got closer shots of the eyes rather tan full face portraits.

The image of Nana with the green eyeshadow is another look where I edited the makeup on in Photoshop. Green was a colour I had been looking at during research and wanted to put into a makeup look to photograph, but again, didn’t have the time so therefore had no images involving a light colour green. I as most of my mood boards show that pastel colours are one of the latest trends, this green shade really works and fits into the series of images I created.

 


Cropped Down Facial Features-

 

These are a few images I have cropped down to fit into the four small square boxes on the second to last page of the layout. One of the boxes will show the natural eyebrow trend, and two of the boxes will show two different lip colour trends. I still need to figure out a fourth image to crop down to fill in the last small box, but it will probably be another eye image so I have to eyes and two lips.

 


Joint Portrait-

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Trend- Natural skin with a slight colour on the lip (Emmy) and a slight golden glow on the eyelids (Nana)

This image is my favourite of all of the group portraits I took. I wasn’t too keen on them overall but thought I would take them incase I didn’t like any of the others for the layout. This one best showed the subtle gold eyeshadow on Nana and the subtle pink tone on Emmy’s lips. This will be an image I would use as a last resort incase none of the others fit together or work well in the layout.

My Editing Process

When going through my images to pick my best ones to edit. it was a lot easier than I thought. I had a rough idea of what kind of images I would pick when taking them anyway as I could visualise what would work in the layout and what wouldn’t.

Once I had selected some of my favourites, I very simply edited them only using a few tools that would make some slight adjustments. I didn’t want to make too many adjustments so that they look edited/fake but I wanted to edit them enough so that the skin looked nice and clear and that the colours were bright enough and stood out.

I edited the skin using a surface blur technique that I had been shown before by Chris. The surface blur is a quick and easy way of achieving smooth looking skin on Photoshop. For the colours and highlights for the makeup I used the simple dodge and burn tool and also painted over a few eyes and lips, ever so slightly to brighten to colours up a little bit. Other than this, I sharpened up some of the details and I felt my images looked good, so I left the editing at that.

Contact Sheets

These are some contact sheet outtakes from my photoshoot.

Overall I took around 340 images, these are a few examples of the images I took.

I am happy with the images I managed to get from the day and have taken enough images to fill up the layout with 9 different final edits. I am also able to crop some of these shots down to fill the 4 small square boxes on the layout as they are goof enough quality to crop down and fit in the smaller boxes, to show close ups of the eyes and lip colours.

I am now going to go through each makeup trend/look I photographed and pick a couple from each look that I can edit and use to test in the layout.