Monthly Archives: October 2015

Beauty Shoot – Evolution 10 Salon

Women love to look their best, and for this reason I very much enjoy doing beauty shoots. The model is pampered: good makeup and impeccable hair. Add  beauty lighting to makes her shine in the photographs. Being able to give someone a picture of themselves looking fabulous is a wonderful feeling.

Beauty show of model holding a champagne glass in front of white background

I really like props. They give the model something to do. 

Beauty show of model holding a champagne glass in front of white background

Summer really relaxed when she was given the champagne glass, and sort of “forgot” she was being photographed.

I don’t know how many shoots Summer had done before, but I’d guess not very many. Working with an inexperienced model takes some patience. More than anything, she has to trust you are going to take good photos. A great advantage of digital is you can show the models some of the pictures on the LCD screen of your camera when you explain to them what you’d like them to do. And they can also give you feedback on what they like. I found it was a good way to establish trust, to show the model you really want to make them look their best. And it is fun to watch them gain confidence as the shoot progresses.

Beauty show of model holding a champagne glass in front of white background

At this stage of the shoot, I could sense Summer was more comfortable modelling for me.

I then switched to another set-up I like. A black background. It totally changes the mood of the photographs. In this set-up I have the usual beauty dish flat-lighting the model, but I also like to backlight the model’s hair. By then, Summer was having fun in front of the camera and it was too bad the shoot had to end. I look forward to the next one.

Beauty photograph of model holding a can of hairspray in front of a black background

Fun with hairspray!

Beauty photograph of model holding a can of hairspray in front of a black background

Notice how different the mood of the photographs with the black background is compared to the pictures with a white background. Relatively small change in the set up, but big difference in the look of the final image.

 

 

 

Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Busking

Did you know that you have to audition to busk in London? And that in order to busk in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall you must have a YouTube account?

Fiddle player Faith Grossnicklaus busking on Royal Mile, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Fiddle player Faith Grossnicklaus busking on the Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

In Edinburgh, you don’t require a license to busk provided no payment is requested. During the Fringe Festival, the Fringe Society manages two areas for street performers. The Royal Mile and the Mound Precinct. You need to apply for busking spots. Each slot lasts 30 minutes. 5 minutes to introduce yourself and 25 minutes to perform.

Fiddle player Faith Grossnicklaus busking on Royal Mile, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Since she had noticed I was taking photographs, she gave me her business card asking me to send her a “few good ones”. Since I very much enjoyed the performance, I did oblige.

The only act I photographed during this year’s festival featured a violinist (Faith) and her accordionist partner (Strangely). Most of the time, I simply listen to the music.

Strangely busing on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Strangely gave me the impression of a rather jovial character.

Strangely busking on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Some musician remain stone faced while playing, but definitely not Strangely.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Street Performers

If you spend some time on the Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you are likely to witness some very interesting shows. One afternoon, I noticed a big crowd was gathered not too far from the Tron Kirk, and judging by the noises that crowd was making, there obviously was a good show in progress.

I had missed the beginning of Able Mable’s Royal Mile show, and when I got there, she was about to make a child disappear.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable Royal Mile show

Able Mable is introducing to the crowd the girl (bottom right of the photo) she is about to make disappear.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable show girl disappearance

The child is now inside the bag, and by casting a spell, Able Mable is going to make the girl disappear

Since the girl was just taken from the audience, she’s not quite up to speed as to what to do, and some hilarity ensues. It is hard to describe, you’re just going to have to go to one of Able Mable’s show to understand what I mean.

In the next part of her act, Able Mable showcased her balance and juggling skills. When I climb a latter, I insist it leans against something immovable. But Able Mable doesn’t need that. I’m not going to even try.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable Royal Mile show, balancing on a ladder

Up on a ladder, she’s all smiles.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable Royal Mile show, balancing at the top of a ladder

She’s about to ask someone from the crowd to throw her some juggling pins

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable Royal Mile show juggling on a ladder without any support

Juggling on top of a ladder that doesn’t have any support. Bravo!

Able Mable demonstrated some rather impressive skills. One aspect of her show that is difficult to convey in a blog post such as this is that she is extremely witty and funny. If you ever have an opportunity to see her perform, don’t miss it. You’ll have a great time.