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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.




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 ๐Ÿ˜ผ 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 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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Yes, indeed @fatimamummy! That's a true sign of how you've grown and developed your photography skills.


I did purchase a few (let's just say "a few" okay? ๐Ÿ˜†) polishes. After seeing your photo, I went back to my cart and saw it was the last hour of a sale they were having so I didn't waste any more time and went for it. I'm excited to try them out myself. I first heard of them when I was helping a friend look for a gift and have meant to try their polishes. The hardest part is narrowing down which shades to buy. 

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@fatimamummy Those are really pretty colors and placement!

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Thank you @Samtian 

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Very pretty, @fatimamummy !  I can tell you used a different camera for these, but the nail polish is the star of the pics so they still look great!  ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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Thank you @Titian06  Difference in photo quality is amazing

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When you are about to sleep and remember you were to post a new photo here, yup thatโ€™s me. Here it is @Samtian 
Last entry to the perfume challenge. Looking forward to see Decemberโ€™s theme

Photo taken with Cannon Rebel EOS T7 



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This set up is fantastic! This is so professional looking ๐Ÿ‘Œ @fatimamummy Your eye for this stuff is spot on!

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Wow @fatimamummy ! Spectacular! ๐Ÿ˜

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Such a pretty set up @fatimamummy !!!

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@fatimamummy I'm so glad you shared it! You should make a coffee table book โค๏ธ I love this one so so much!

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This is a work of art @fatimamummy! ๐Ÿ˜ The placement of all the pieces in this frame works beautifully together; the fragrances of course are the stars of the photo - gorgeous! At the same time, the supporting pieces, like the books and the pretty (floral shaped?) dish with the blue gradient capture your attention as well but without taking away from the lovely collection of fragrances. 


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Thank you so much @itsfi  I am glad how well it all worked out and yes it is a bluish black flower shaped dish that I mostly use to keep small jewelry

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Last but not least for the November Photograph Challenge - Fragrance

11.2022 Fragrance - Tom Ford Trio Set.jpg


Photo Details:

Product(s):Tom Ford Private Blend Eau de Parfum Mini Decanter Discovery Gift Set (consists of 0.4 oz. decanters of  TOM FORD Bitter Peach Eau De Parfum TOM FORD Rose Prick TOM FORD Lost Cherry
Prop(s):Used the box for the trio as a prop, along with cream colored knit throw, journal with a black & white herringbone print
Other Material:Faux sprig of greenery with individual blooms sprinkled about
Lighting: Natural, indirect lighting
Editing: None

This is one of my favorite purchases of the year and shot. Thank you @Samtian for this challenge. To say it's amazing is an understatement. I've learned and continue to learn so much here. ๐Ÿ’–

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You always amaze me with your gorgeous pictures @itsfi ! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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@Saradestin, thank you for your always kind and encouraging words. ๐Ÿ˜˜ I'm getting to combine two things I'm interested in through BIC and this thread - beauty products and photography! It's a definite win-win for me. ๐Ÿ’–

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Win-win for you and for us @itsfi , because we get to enjoy your gorgeous pictures!

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@itsfi This picture and everything makes me so happy! Such a beautiful purchase!

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Awww thank you @Samtian! This one was a fun one to set up and shoot. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ The final finish came out close to what I had in my mind for the shot. Yaaay!

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Your TomFord collection is beautiful @itsfi I love this photo and the casual but luxe vibes it gives.

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Thank you @fatimamummy! I'm making an effort to mix up my layouts more and experimenting with blending different looks - casual and luxe, staged arragements of products and more natural ones ... or maybe less staged ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Very pretty, @itsfi ! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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