Make up Artiste by Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

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This is my first attempt at a beauty portrait and was shot recently at Darling Harbour in a location-shooting workshop run by Peter (koukei)

The workshop was mainly about using flash at night on location for beauty and fashion shots but Peter also pointed out that ambient lighting on location can also give a great light source.

The light source for this shot is a standard tungsten bulb in a stairwell at Darling Harbour. I really liked the quality of the light coming from it but it was incredibly low. I had to shoot this at ISO 1000 and 1/30 second to get a decent exposure. A more unforgiving camera setting for a portrait like this would be hard to imagine but the other really useful thing I learned from the workshop is how much value a skilled professional makeup artist adds to a shot like this. Natasha was our model for the night but she is mainly a MUA of exceptional skill.

Model/MUA: Natasha
Camera: Geoff

Canon 1Ds MkIII
Tv: 1/30 sec
Av: f/4.00
ISO: 1000


  • Freelance
    Freelanceover 5 years ago

    Clean and beautifully framed Geoff – the hair envelops her as a mantel framing her eyes beautifully – I’d have never thought of the type of light source used had you not revealed the whole workshop detail. Ty for sharing and for another great photograph.

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonover 5 years ago

    Like Julian I would never have thought this was the difficult lighting scenario that it clearly was. Shows the value of an exceptionally good camera (plus exceptionally good photographer!!). I like the framing of it very much.

  • Behroozm
    Behroozmover 5 years ago

    beautiful portrait wonderful lighting . amazing eye contact , a lot drama in eye . well done

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    I love the contrast of her rose lipstick with her beautiful auburn hair. She is a natural beauty. Her expressive eyes are captivating and relaxed, the evidence of a skillful photographer. This is a very beautiful portrait, the light is fascinating and I love the tones.

  • What a beautiful and considered comment – thanks Sharon. Natasha is a real pro – pretty much impossible to take a crap pic of her.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Neeraj Nema
    Neeraj Nemaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful portrait Geoff. Her eyes are more expressing than her entire looks.

  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...over 5 years ago

    OMG WOW! A beautiful shot of a beautiful young woman

  • The Jonathan Sloat
    The Jonathan S...almost 5 years ago

    Awesome shot! :)

  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhover 3 years ago


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