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A Year of Beauty- Photography Challenge- Year 2

May- Flash/Artificial Light! Pop-up flash, on camera, off camera, light boxes, flash from your cell phone, and on and on! There are so many ways to light an image beyond the natural sunlight. Flash can help you take pictures during anytime of day, even at night. Flash is something I've been trying to learn myself. Right now the pop-up/harsh/paparazzi type of flash is having it's moment in wedding/couples photography. 

 

For on and off camera flashes there are a lot of different things called modifiers that help control the light so to speak. You can also use things like reflectors (tin foil, those things you put in your car windshield during the day, a white paper board etc.) to help bounce light and make it more even, you can use sheets to diffuse the light to make it not so harsh as well. I know a lot just use cell phones, so you can also use like a lamp or flashlight to make light, and use a sheet of reflector to help. You can get really creative with this! I was reading that there does appear to be some flashes you can connect to your cell phone as well. 

 

So the task! Create your images with artificial light! No matter how you do it, or what you use, don't just depend on available light like the sun or your lighting in the house (though it's artificial that's too easy). I'll be posting mine shortly. backlightblog  dot com/flash-photography-on-iphone

 

What a great first year we had!! Even if I dropped the ball sometimes! I decided to change things up this year with the themes. They will be a little more challenging this year.

 

 

2023-

April- DOF 2 images.

May- Flash/Artificial Light.

 

2022 challenges-

April- Lipstick

May- Eye Shadow

June- Primer/Foundation/Concealer/CC/BB

July- Highlighters

August- Brushes

September- Sheet Masks

October- Hair Care

November- Fragrance

December- Nail Polish

January- Blush/Bronzer

February- Candles/Wax Melts/ Diffusers

 

I've been thinking for a while now about creating a challenge. And why not mix my two favorite things in life!? Beauty and photography. As some of you know I am a photographer on the side. But my creativity for things like this are horrible! Each month we will have a different theme, and your challenge is to incorporate the theme into a creative photo!

 

This challenge is going to be a little different, because you won't be creating looks! Starting in April, but I'd love to get your input and if this is something you would be interested in participating in. I thought about doing prizes and voting, we can still vote for the best if you guys want. But with all the legal jargon needed for prizes I decided I didn't want to mess with that. I might send  unicorn mail throughout to those who participate often though 😼 PS- They make for great filler posts on your social media too. And active participation in the forum, reviews, and gallery ( don't forget to post your challenge photos there too!) can possibly help your chances of getting gratis...like those two beautiful perfumes I got as a gratis below *wink wink*.  

 

The challenge and "rules"-

1. Flat lays and staged photos only. I'll post examples below. But no faces or people allowed in your photos. (Though you can include photographs).

 

2. All photos you take must be your own. 

 

3. Post as many images as you want, you have a whole month to get creative with each theme. Post one, post everyday, doesn't matter.

 

4. Let's talk gear and products! Tell us about your image. List the products and colors, talk to us about your concept and how it came to be, taken with your phone or DSLR? 

 

Here are some helpful reads- digital-photography-school dot com/flat-lay-photography/  and digital-photography-school dot com/tips-for-getting-started-with-still-life-photography/

 

Here are some of my example images I've taken in the past-

Flatlay 1.jpg

Gucci Flora Gardenia.jpg

Floral Street Sunflower Pop.jpg

Gucci Bloom Eau De Toilette 1 oz/ 30 mL eau de toilette spray 

Floral Street Sunflower Pop Eau De Parfum Travel Spray 0.34 oz/ 10 mL 

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Thank you @MvLL ! That’s what I think! It seems like the butterflies are flying away, alive.

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The reflections are gorgeous, @Saradestin. You have such an artistic eye!

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Thank you beautiful @eshoe!! I would love to have an artist eye but I don’t. Call it a lucky shot, because it is exactly what it was! 😅😅😅

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@Saradestin  That's very clever!

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Thank you beautiful @Ispend2much6 ! Now that I see the pictures, I see what I could have I proved in them, which tells me that I am learning in the go! 😃😃

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@Saradestin oh wow!!! You captured the most beautiful shot

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Thank you so much, beautiful @lmaster! 😘😘🤗🤗

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So pretty, @Saradestin ! 💕🦋

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Thank you @Titian06 ! 🤗🤗

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A minimalist approach can speak volumes, and yours here is the perfect pitch @Saradestin! ♥️ You have an excellent eye for capturing every beautiful thing about this NARS lipstick. 💄 I love it. 

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Thank you so much for your beautiful words @itsfi !! 🤗🤗

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This is beautiful @Saradestin !! 💕💗 the lippie's packaging is cute with the 🦋....and the reflex on the table is just 👌. Please don't underestimate your potential lovely

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Thank you @Skunk12puzzola ! I love how it seems like the butterflies are flying away from the lipstick… 

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Oh my goodness @Samtian ! This is a great thread. I’m not talented liked ya’ all but I will admire all these beautiful photos. Yes 👍 to all the eye candies 🌹❤️💄💗

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 I couldn’t decide which photo was better so I decided to upload both. I know the theme is “lipstick” but I just felt like I was missing something in my photos. Hopefully this will still count though! 

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Nice photos @misslenax !

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@misslenax So elegant and classy.

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They are both beautiful but if I have to pick just one, I’ll go with the first photo. I love how nicely lipstick colours and copper tones of your props compliment each other

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I love them! I don’t think they are missing anything! 😍 Great job @misslenax !!!

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Beautiful photos @misslenax 🌹

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Gorgeous photo!! @misslenax 

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