Feeling Inspired?

Surrounding yourself with quotes, photos, or listening to a motivational video can help release ideas that may be lying dormant.

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Inspired by: ditteschaal

Sometimes watching others push the bounty can inspire us to try things that are out of comfort out zone. One of the thing that’s striking about these photos is the glare from the gloss. It’s subtle, but it seems to bring them alive.

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Inspired by: @ditteschaal

The rainbow of colors below reminds of a galaxy, with the white streaks of patches in the sky. It’s always a good idea to try different styles, you never know how it might work out.

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Inspired by: @annepromakeupart

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Perfecting Your Photos

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Photo by: @creationsbystacia

Lighting – A lot of people tend to underestimate the effects of lighting. There are many lighting effects you can use. Split lighting, butterfly, or Rembrandt light. These can add effects to the photo that make them dramatic.

Below is an example of how to achieve split lighting:

Photo by: http://alainpre.free.fr/

Posing – It’s always a good idea to have something to focus on. Try looking in the direction of your nose.  This creates a focused and confident look.

Makeup – A nice tip might be to color coordinate your make up with your outfit and background. This can add a nice subtle touch the make the viewer like the photo without fully understanding why.

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Broad Light Selfie Shots

How to achieve a broad light shot…

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One of the best ways to make your selfies attractive is to experiment with lighting, different angles, and positions. The photo above is by @rrebelliouss , the background is slightly illuminated, but the main source of lighting is to the top left. Having the light slightly above usually has the effect of eliminating unflattering shadows. Turning your head about 30 degrees away will focus the light on the broadside of your face, hence the term broad light. This creates a slight shadow on the far side of your face, and under the chin.

I recommend experimenting with this and see the results you get. Also, bring your ears/chin slightly forward can help give you a more defining jawline.  The result is typically a more dramatic look. I am a huge fan of smiling because I believe it’s contagious and it puts the viewer in a positive mood. but in this case, she went for a more subtle expression which created an adorable look.

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What are Butterfly Portraits?

Butterfly lighting comes from the shadow thats created under the nose. This happens when the lighting source is placed behind and above the camera. This is most often used in beauty shots, and leaves a slight shadow on the the neck.

This affect can also be simulated by placing a reflector below the chin. This can have the effect of emphasizing the check bone.

Instructions:

Position the light slightly above and behind the camera, if needed a reflector can be placed under your face to emphases your checks.

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