Last Sunday I attended a workshop by Betsy Hansen on the art of Beauty Photography. The class was mostly about how you can make gorgeous photos by utilizing the latest equipment and software. Wouldn't it be nice to be a pro? Using Capture 6 software, a Phase One Medium format camera, and an iPad she was able to control the lights, adjust the white balance, and create an immediate contact sheet to look at on set. It was some serious high tech stuff. I learned that it takes a small army to make a shoot like this happen. There were a total of 7 people on set (not including the models). The photographer, 2 assistants, guy working the software, clothing & prop stylist, hair stylist, and makeup artist. Wow. It was a really interesting thing to watch. I also learned that you need a lot of patience cause this whole process took a looong time.
Yes, there were beautiful, well-lit models, but here's my favorite shot - a girl and her camera.