Al­bert Pe­drosa: Beauty Shot

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Photography -

The face is one of the most ex­pres­sive parts of the body, and when you put it in a frame where all the elements of the face are up close, it be­comes crit­i­cal. By look­ing at a face, a small raise in the eye­brow or a skin curl­ing in be­tween eye­brows will im­me­di­ately sug­gest anger or dis­in­ter­est.

The mouth can be sen­sual just by open­ing it a bit, while the eyes will tell the whole story just by a small dif­fer­ence in open­ing of the eye­lid. It’s com­pli­cated and it can eas­ily mean some­thing or the op­po­site. The face can do a to­tally com­plex vis­ual lan­guage that we all ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­day but can­not be ex­plained.

When I’m shoot­ing beauty shots, I nor­mally tell the model to think about it and feel it in her heart, then show it to me. Talk to me us­ing no words but only emo­tions and feel­ings through your eyes. Sur­pris­ingly, eyes can talk and the rest of the elements in the face, too. We can only un­der­stand what it means, but we can­not ex­plain. It’s more than words.

Pho­tog­ra­phy is about cap­tur­ing the emo­tions and feel­ings. It al­lows you to tell the story vis­ually. It’s a form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and if your photo is not say­ing any­thing, then

you failed to com­mu­ni­cate. You failed to share all the ex­cite­ment, emo­tions and doubts on that very mo­ment. The mo­ment that can be frozen in time and for­ever writ­ten into a photograph.

One of the dif­fi­cul­ties when shoot­ing beauty in­volves the eyes. The eyes don’t hide any­thing; every­thing can be seen in the eyes. If the emo­tion is not there, then it can kill the look that you’re try­ing to cap­ture. It’s the pho­tog­ra­pher’s job to see and re­vive the model when the eyes look blank.

Pho­tog­ra­phy at this stage is about the sub­ject and the en­vi­ron­ment. A shiny new cam­era with very ex­pen­sive lens will not save you at this stage. It’s all about how you cap­ture the im­age that will con­nect and en­gage with your au­di­ence. This is the stage when the cam­era be­comes a tool to al­low you to ex­press your thoughts and imag­i­na­tion.

Keep on shoot­ing, ev­ery­one!

Luara is an ex­pe­ri­enced model and can de­liver high fash­ion poses eas­ily. This time shoot­ing beauty, I no­ticed that it took her a while be­fore she came to terms with her thoughts and emo­tions. She nailed it even­tu­ally, the pro­fes­sional that she is. (Model: Laura Her­rmann; Makeup: Cather­ine Di­ala)

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