underwater Photo Course :: (9) The Creative Approach :: Models and Props :: Masks
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Masks give the model an identity. Change the mask and
you have changed the model - so take a selection of masks on location work (or a
selection of models!).
Eyes are so important as a focal point, yet can easily
be unlit due to incorrect flash position. Silicone masks let more light
The main mistake most models make is looking directly into
camera. They should be directed to look at the main point of action or
Avoid writing on masks as it distracts the attention and
you can't reverse a slide with text on it if you think it would look better from
the 'wrong' way around.
What looks good on film may look stupid in reality.
Directing your model to get their face 2" away from a subject might be
uncomfortable for them but it looks further away due to the perpective
distortion of wide-angle lenses. It not only looks good to the camera but it
also reduces depth of fieldThe zone in your picture that is in focus. problems.
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