Friday, December 19, 2008

Droplet effect

I get asked sometimes how that water drop effect works. It's simple enough. There's more than one way, but usually it's some variation on this theme.

1. Oil up the model. I did some quick experimentation and found that baby oil works best (held here by Hourglass). But feel free to grab a bunch of household oils (olive oil, canola oil, whatever) and put some on your skin and spritz on some water and see what gives the effect you're looking for. Oh, and if you're actually planning on applying the oil yourself for God's sake bring it up well before the shoot. And think about how you're going to get the oil off your hands before picking up that expensive camera...

2. Spray her. I just use one of those plant sprayers. Water works OK. If you go to a drug store and buy some glycerin and mix it half and half with water that works better, especially in terms of how long it last before just running off. Don't use it straight - it's a moisturizer if there's other water around, but if it's pure it can do bad things to your skin. It's non-toxic - it's a bit sweet, actually. Try just a little on the most fine setting to start. You can get different looks depending on how much you add so you'll have to experiment.

Depending on the pose/lighting it can look cool. Usually in more of a glamour photo way but maybe that's what you want. I think it's kind of fun to do maybe once a year at the end of the shoot if you have a little extra time and the model's up for it.

Some people will also shoot the model just with the oil - 99% of the time this actually looks pretty stupid (with blown out highlights and no texture and it's usually uneven) but it never hurts to experiment. Maybe you'll get that 1%.

PS I've had both models and customers refer to this shot as "the sweaty boob shot". Ew.


Blogger magnifique said...

Sweaty boob shot? I'm sorry...but boobs don't look like that when they sweat, LOL!

3:58 PM  
Blogger San Francisco Nudes said...

I sure hope not anyway!

4:32 PM  

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