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Creaction and Evaluation of the studio pictures.


The brief

Produce a photograph and 3 supporting images suitable for the cover of a fashion magazine aimed at both male and females between the ages of 16 to 24.

Explain the thinking behind your magazine front cover idea 

I want to create a cover that is mysterious and intriguing for both male and female audience.   Coloured lighting effects and the models wearing wispy scarfs to hide their faces help generate the effect.  The obscured faces is intended to introduce an androgynous look. The viewer has to look closely to decide if one of the models are male or if both models are female.

The photographs were taken in a studio so that the background would be clear and uncluttered and not cause distraction for text to be added to the magazine cover.

I shoot the photographs in portrait with space above the head and to the sides of the models to leave room for the magazine title and details of feature articles inside the magazine.

My intention was not to use Photoshop to change the appearance of the models, no “Airbrushing” or modifying shapes. I want the images to be as natural and untouched as possible.

Discuss how your front cover will appeal to the audience:

Fashion photography is about the image of beauty, the perfect face, toned body and perfect shape. Tall slender female bodies with long legs, flat tummies and long necks, faces with high cheek bones. Male models with broad shoulders narrow waist to give a triangular shaped torso and toned abdomen muscles. Chiselled face.

I wanted to use models with ‘real’ body shapes from the magazines intended age range, wearing casual clothing available from high-street stores.  The intention is that the audience find it appealing and can identify, be inspired by the image, not feel defeated by ‘perfection’.

What worked well? 

I believe these pictures have worked well, this is because I have managed to use high contrast pictures that standout making you more interested and inclined to look deeper in to the pictures. These pictures have also worked well because I created what I intended with the scarfs covering the models faces, making the picture more about the clothing instead of the issues of beauty about the models. This approach makes it easier for the audience to put themselves in the shoes of the models as it is not based on looks. I also think that these pictures have worked well because they all fit in with each other as a sears of pictures and as they have a common theme running through the pictures.

How can I improve the pictures?

I can improve these pictures by using similar dark coloured scarves. The dark coloured scarf worked best, it did not reflect the light from the lamps so that the outline of the models face is just visible and the suggestion of some of the facial features. The light coloured scarf reflects more light so the outline of the models face is not as visible.

I will clean the lens filters to ensure there is no dust particles on the camera filter this would. This will prevent any specks of dirt appearing in the picture.

If there are any specs of dirt on the picture I will edit the images with Photoshop using the healing brush tool just to remove the flecks. I can also improve the series of pictures by making them all landscape or portrait making all the pictures consistent and uniform with each other.

How much of my original idea did I have to change?

I didn’t have to change much from my original idea.   The one change I did make was to photograph the models against a white background and use coloured lighting to create the mood. My original idea was to use Rembrandt lighting against a black background.

I decided to shoot my pictures using a white background as I thought the lighter background would be brighter and contrast better making the clothes standout more. This change also made the pictures fit better with the brief to show the fashion.

Does it fit in with the brief?

I have managed to make the pictures appeal to both male and female audience. I achieved this by hiding the faces to bring in a sense of mystery and ghostly effect on the models.

The obscured faces is intended to introduce an androgynous look. The viewer has to look closely to decide if one or both models are female or if one of the models is male.

The coloured lighting effects also sets a mysterious mood that both sexes will find interesting and intriguing.

The photograph is not too busy or distracting, there is space around the models for the magazine to add additional text graphics and feature article information.

How did I create the pictures?

The studio lighting was configured, two studio lamps set at body height 70o-80 o on either side of the models. One light with a red/purple gel, the other with a blue gel to throw colour on to the models and the white backdrop. The use of two lamps was to prevent any of the lights leaving one of the models in strong shadow.  A low powered flash was used, placed in a Softbox above and at 45o to the models generate highlighting.

Photoshop was used to increase the clarity and contrast of the image. This also helped to make the pictures stand out, making the colours brighter and more eye-catching. I did not use Photoshop to change any of the physical attributes of the models.






studio ideas

Studio ideas

Idea 1

Take a series of pictures of the models focused on certain features and body parts such as just the eyes, mouth and hands. For the main photograph I would compose the picture of the back of the models head. I would use a female model for this making the pictures appeal to the female audience. I would also make the model were male dominated clothing, although with the close up shoots the audience will not see much of the clothing, The intention is that the glimpse of male clothing and the close up of the eyes, lips, hands, back of head is so the pictures will be intriguing to both male and female audience.

How can I make this fit in with in the requirement to appeal to male audience?

The model would hold tools such as screwdrivers hammers spanners. The face and hands smudged with oil and grease from the tools.

Idea 2

My second idea is to take pictures using female models with a scarf or blankets covering their face. The idea behind the picture is to make the photographs all about what the model is wearing instead of what the model looks like. This also makes the pictures stand out making it different to other fashion pictures. I will be taking these pictures in the studio using gel lighting, using the gels I will change the colour and mood of the lighting to purple making the pictures more atmospheric.


Idea 3

Take pictures of a male and female model entwined in poses, but the heads of the models are not visible.  Their heads are on each others shoulders so that the face cannot be seen.  Their arms and possibly their legs wrapped or folded into each othe so that they appear as one.  The clothes they wear would, one wearing very bright colours the other very dark colours.  Experiment with both wearing the same colour clothes so that two bodies appear as one.

Idea 4

Using both a male and female model, coat their faces with pale foundation makeup to remove with the aim of making both faces appear very similar.

Apply strong coloured multiple layers of eye shadow or eye liners in a variety shades across the closed eyes.  Coat the lips with strong coloured lip gloss in a variety of shades.

Photograph both faces of both the male and female model.  Use strong lighting from the front to flatten the facial features.

Use Photoshop to divide the faces and then create a composite new face with elements of both the male and female model.  This is taking the idea of the lips by Irving Penn did for a L’Oreal advert and expanding and developing the idea further.

The use of male and female image would be interesting when combined as one face.

The idea behind this image was to make the pictures focus on the models and taking close-up pictures hiding thier identity by ‘mashing up’ the images to make one face. This would suggest that what you see even though you can see something is not always the truth.

face_design79121_1999750Irving Penn – Mouth (L’Oreal)

Idea 5

The models to distort their faces with clear sticky tape.  The tape used to change the shape of the their faces, the nose and eyes pulled in diferent directions.

I did not use this idea becuase the application and removal of the tape would be painful to the model.  The sticky tape would reflect the light and be very visible in the photographs.





studio equipment & health and safety

Health and Safety 

Make sure that no food and drink are taken into the studio.  This is to prevent food or drink being split destroying the equipment of giving you electric shocks from the wires.  Also food or drink on the floor could be a slip hazard.  There is a possibility that photgraphic chemicals might be in the studio, if so they could contaminate food and drinks.

Stick or tape all wires down that trail across the floor or feed into purpose designed cable safety rubber protectors.  This is to stop people tripping over the wires and hurting themselves.  Also to prevent damage and ware to the cables that will shorten the cables life.

Check all the equipment to be used is safe, no damaged leads, plugs are firmly pushed into sockets, the equipment works as designed to work.

Make sure all of the legs on tripods and light stands are pulled open to the maximum spaly to give the greatest stability.  This reduces the risk of equipment falling over on top of someone or damaging the equipment.

Make sure you give the studio lights plenty of time to cool down after use.  The ligts and the housings get very hot.  You don’t want to burn your fingers r pick something that is hot and ten drop it.  Hot lamps the filaments are also more fragile and prone to breaking if moved when still hot.

Make sure all unused equipment is put away before you start your shot to mimimise the equipment that could get in the way.  Make sure all bags, boxes and equipment trunks are moved to a safe area at the side of the room so there are no trip hazards.

Afte the shot put all the equipment that needs to be put back away is safely packed and stored in it’s correct place.

Make sure the doorways and exits are clear especially fire exits at all times.

If in doubt about any of the equipment or health and safety ask the technician or support staff for advice.

Studio equipment list


  • lights
  • light stands
  • light diffuser
  • light meter
  • variable cell power pack
  • power leads from lights to variable cell power pack, you might need more than one depending on how many lights you are using


  • reflector
  • back drop
  • props depending on what you are trying to photograph

digital SLR camera 

  • sync cable, you will connect this to the camera and the variable cell power pack
  • SD card
  • adapter for the sync cable, you might need this if the sink cable is to  big for the camera


Studio equipment identified and labelled