After reading Tine of Beautyholics Anonymous‘s behind the scene post last year, it gave me an idea and inspiration to do one as well. But then I have a problem. My behind the scene is not as pretty as Tine’s. Knowing it would definitely be an interesting insight post for my readers I suppose there’s no harm in showing all of you the not-so-glamourous side of me at home when it comes to blogging 😀
Close-up Product Shots
I like to take picture outside the house while the sun is blazing hot. Crazy I know. So I have no choice but to only take pictures of the things I want to feature for the whole of the next following week on the Saturday or Sunday before. Being out in the hot sun means I’d be sweating like a dog so I do it while I’m still in my pyjamas and took a cold bath after that. If you pass by my house you’d see this crazy looking girl in the garden in pyjamas with a blue jeans hairband, hair tied up in a high bun, wearing a slipper. Sometimes it is so hot and glaring that I thought I went blind!
Most of the time I would use a large white board on top of a stool as the background while sitting on a Ikea children’s stool hehe. Although my camera comes with image stabilizer feature I still like to use a tripod as I have shaky hands.
Soooo, that’s where all the product shots came from 🙂
Close-up Face Shots
When it comes to face shot I like to do it in my room for privacy. It would really look odd if I were to pose and keep taking picture of myself in the garden haha! I used to have problem finding the right angle and natural lighting in my room until I read a tips from another beauty blogger. I can’t remember which blogger is that but thanks to her I am able to take clear, bright and sharp picture of myself. I found out that by putting something white at the back as background and face the window, picture would turns out really good. I took her advice since then and never look back. What I do is to stick a huge white board at the border of my Ikea working table, using Ikea HELMER drawer unit as the support.
99% of my clothes are dresses. It would be a little weird to change into a dress just to take a head shot on the weekend plus I’m lazy like that haha so I prefer to wear a baby tee. It doesn’t matter to me since what I wore is not visible in the end anyway. The bottom? Well my pyjamas still! LOL. So not glamourous.
Sometimes, just sometimes I took some picture with the product on my laptop and post in Instagram. And that sometimes trigger a question – what laptop I’m using. I bought a MacBook Air on February 2012. What brings me to convert from Window to Apple was after my Gmail was hacked more than 5 times in less than a week. Who would have thought retrieving my own Gmail account from Google would need the date when the account was created!!?? Who can remember come on Google! Let me just tell you changing password doesn’t work because my machine was “planted” with a thing called key-logger. In my case I reformat my laptop and I am still phobia about the whole experience. A few months after that the same laptop was infected with a malware that wiped off everything from my laptop. After a painstaking few hours of googling for a solution desperately, I managed to retrieve most of the files. That was it. I went ahead to get a MacBook Air. It was the best investment and I have no regret at all 🙂
As for my camera I’m using a micro 4/3; Olympus E-P3 which I bought together with a friend back in July 2011. Took me quite some time to like the camera. I have no clue how to properly use the features at the beginning so I keep on saying this camera is not as good as what was raved online. Now I love it more than anything else after a few months of trials and error. Yes I finally “get” it. Then my lens had problem extending from 25mm to 42mm. The screen just went blank. The weird thing is I can still use the camera lens from 14mm to 24mm. The bad news is my warranty with Olympus died exactly 2 weeks before that. I had to thank God that I purchased the Extended Warranty package that was offered to me back then. Putting aside my dramatic story with the claim which was dragged for a month, my lens was ready on CNY eve. Again, who would have the time to go to a shopping mall to collect lens on a CNY eve! Anyway all is good now. I’m still trial-ing my lens and crossing fingers that nothing will happen.
Just before the Olympus E-P3 lens was sent in for
warranty claim servicing I bought a point and shoot camera; Canon Powershot S110 as the standby camera. I was told the warranty process for E-P3 would take 1-month. After considering and deliberating for a while and the fact that I know I cannot let the blog went on a hiatus for a month…I went ahead and bought it. So now I will use Olympus E-P3 at home for product shooting while I will bring Canon Powershot S110 out to events.
It is definitely not easy to be a beauty blogger especially for me since I have a busy demanding work life. Most of the time I do my product review face shot in the morning right before I leave for work while product shot itself would be done only on the weekend. It was all good until recently I changed my working hours. I left to work a few hours earlier (6.30am) and so face shot is done on the weekend too. Let me just tell you I hate putting on makeup on the weekend LOL.
Most of the pictures you see here was only resized, watermarked, some are sharpen when it’s a lil blur and brighten or darken when necessary. I don’t retouch pictures simply because I have no idea how to use Photoshop. Because of that I took my sweet time with product shoot. Sometimes it may appear nice on the camera preview but it’s not on the computer. Not all the time but sometimes.
I think the whole process has been gelled into my life now that if I have nothing to shoot on the weekend I’d feel awkward and start walking around my room looking for something to shoot. I’m crazily in love with my passion so what does some sweat would harm right? If I can finish all shooting on Saturday I’d happily go for a shopping trip on the Sunday!
Yea that’s still me in a pyjamas =P
Hope you enjoyed reading a little scoop of behind the scene on how I spent most of my weekends. Told ya’ it’s not as glamourous as you think. It’s a sweaty business!