July 8, 2003

Britney, In the News

The twins from Iran. Terrorism. The economy. Lies about plutonium. And Britney.

This just in: No one looks good with their mouth wide open.

[Bonus! Ever wonder whether celebrity makeup artists work hard to earn their money? Wonder no more.]

Posted by James at July 8, 2003 4:48 PM
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Well, sure. The make-up has something to do with it, but it really comes down to lighting. notice that all of the glamour shots are done in soft focus with a low key to fill ratio on the lights.

I took a course on lighting, so I know this stuff. I had to do it a lot. The key light is the one that is the brightest and is usually set to high 3/4 so that it points from top-left of picture downward. This gives nice defining shadows.

The fill light does just that, it fills in the shadowy parts. If the fill and key lights are set close to the same brightness you get a softening effect that will erase pretty much all wrinkles and uneveness in the skin. That's the standard glamour shot.

Combine that with a hair light, and eye lights (to make them pop) and you can do this with anyone. I can make some images available to you that demonstrate this principle with the exact same 3d model.

Add the great makeup, and you get an amazing picture. If you've ever met a playboy model in person you know she's not that great looking.


Posted by: Rui Campos at July 8, 2003 11:02 PM

COnsidering your expertise, I'd appreciate it, Rui, if you could follow me around with a flashlight from now on.


Posted by: JP at July 9, 2003 8:20 AM

hahaha. ok, good point. I was just refering to photo shoots. still, remember that many stars have their own lighting expert and take them to every public appearance.

re: flashlights... just strap a couple to your hat! :) Hey, it's a new invention. You will always have perfect appeal if you wear the "personal, portable, 3 point lighting system" (a beanie with spotlights strapped to it.)


Posted by: Rui Campos at July 10, 2003 11:02 PM

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