Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Friday FOTD and what are YOUR tips for capturing good photos?



You know, I look different in the photos I take of me, it's so weird. This one was shot indoors in my bathroom. I did a very strong smoky eye, but ran across my usual problems when trying to capture a look--most of the lid colors love to hide because of my folded eyelids, haha. I actually have to squint or look down to show an open-eye look, but that tends to make me look tired or irritated.

So, I have a few questions for you guys! What problems do you run across when you take photos of your looks? Do you have any good tips for achieving consistency? What kind of lighting suits you best? Are camera settings very important, and if so, what do you use?

9 comments:

☆Anastacia☆ said...

I am always try to take my Fotd and Eotd on day light.

Jian said...

Ahhhhhhhhh you look so cute!

And hm...I don't think I have any tips really, I usually end up taking about 20 (no joke) and pick 1-2 from the lot that I snap. But I think natural light definitely helps, and a white background or something...

Heather / Eyeconic said...

geez you're so fucking cute. I open my blinds up in my room so there's natural light, while keeping my room light on, and on my mom's camera there's a "portrait" setting, which is what I normally use. My pictures are certainly not the best, but I can never do room light without it going all yellow.

Bunny said...

You're so cuuuuute ^^

Usually take them with day light but is indoors I use white light in the bathroom. Camera settings is usually micro mode even if you are taking a pic of your self an arm away. I usually love the 45 degree angle but different for everyone.
I saw again, you're so cuuuuute ><

Kim said...

Thanks guys for the wonderful tips! ^^ Now that the weather's finally starting to get nicer I can really start playing around with lighting :D

And I guess I should actually look for the instruction manual for my camera... hmmm... >_>;

SilhouetteScreams said...

Weirdly enough I hardly ever use natural light for my EOTD photos - I've yet to figure out a spot with good lighting and don't really want to venture outside to do so.

So I basically just take photos with flash on my point&shoot camera in my bedroom. I just learned a trick from Lipglossiping, in that you can place a tissue (i fold mine several times) over the flash of your camera to diffuse it. That helps avoid the deer in headlights look :)

In terms of showing off the colour I raise my eyebrows REALLY ridiculously high (this is kinda why I crop them out :P) to show off as much of the lid and crease colour as possible. I have hooded lids, so I feel your pain on the colour hiding!

If you find that you look squinty when looking down, you can try looking to the side - that's what I do now, because I found that my eyes looked all creased and weird. So now I post creepy eye shots where I'm looking away :)

I'm too lazy to play with settings though, I usually just go with the auto-scene thing on my camera. I do zoom in a bit though, but that's as much as I tamper with it.

SilhouetteScreams said...

Sorry that was so tl;dr XD

Leigh said...

Auto-focus. I have shaky hands, so it's a lifesaver. My ancient, p.o.s. camera doesn't have it, so I take most of my pictures for my blog with my phone. Also, sunlight makes any picture look so much better.

The smoky eye looks really good, btw.

Jyoan said...

U look so cute!! Covered or not covered. hahaha. Super cute. My suggestion is to use natural day light. Take the photos when sunlight is streaming in from your windows. Don't do outdoors, you will be overexposed.

Also, I think you might have applied too little eyeshadow. For smokey eyes, it's okay to be more daring and really go for it. Feel free to cover your entire eye socket, and a little out of it. Can always soften it by blending if you're not happy.