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Photography tips: Shooting fair skin

So, in my photography work, I shoot a lot of models. Combining that with the fact that one of my primary interests is working with goth pics, you may be able to see a pattern developing here. Basically, there tend to be a lot of pale-skinned people in front of my camera lens.

Anyone who has been working with people as subjects knows that dealing with the different skin tones in nature can present an interesting challenge, especially in the cases when you are shooting a portrait with several people of varying shades of skin.

In the case of subjects with fair skin, you have to be especially aware of:

1. Exposure issues

2. Contrast

3. The subject’s other features

The stunning Emma Stone

Exposure:

While generally a slight overexposure may not hurt or may even artistically enhance an image on occasion, this can be devastating when shooting a pale person. You will need to be sure of proper exposure and even still you may need to use some editing techniques to set off the subject’s color – like bumping up the saturation for example.

Contrast:

Clothing, accessories and the background on the shot should be arranged so as to provide a nice contrast between the skin and pretty much everything else. This makes for a nice, creative balance.

The subject’s other features:

Dark or red hair, bright red lips and intense blue eyes (see the image of Emma Stone above) can be emphasized in your shot. In doing so, you will undoubtedly enhance your overall photo.

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