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Peacock Feathers and Photography

Updated on February 23, 2014
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There are many styles and techniques for doing portrait photography and there are quite a number of props that can be used for portraiture. The most common of these props are hats, caps, glasses, hair attachments and many more.

But rarely does one see a portrait using nothing but feathers, more particularly, peacock feathers. Their coloration is almost unique and they posses a luminescence quality seldom seen in other types of feathers. Their length is also quite adaptable for photography since they can be adjusted almost at whim.

This photographic project is very simple to complete and it seldom needs anything more than several peacock feathers, make up and off course a model's face.

Just like the title suggest, the shoot is entirely focused on photographing a face which is full of peacock feathers decor and a peacock feathers motif. The aid of a good makeup artist should be enlisted since the project involves transforming most of the face into what seems like a big peacock feather with the natural feathers covering the rest or rather adorning the rest of the subject's face which will be shown in a portrait. Use various perspectives and various angles to capture images.

You should also do a majority of images in close ups but not macro. The general idea is to photograph a face in a way that encompasses the majority of the frame. There are several variations to the theme since some of the images can be of a clear face sans make up with just the feathers covering parts of it.

One can also play with a digital editing software and make parts of the image into a monochromatic medium with just the feathers being shown in their natural coloration.

You might need to trim the length of some of the feathers and apply them to the face using some very light face paint or glue. You can create what appear to be "eyes" from some of them and some can be shaped in the form of "hairs' and used to cover the upper part of the head of your model.

There are countless possibilities you just need to be creative with them and their use. These feathers are not that difficult to obtain and can often be found at many arts & crafts shops or even ordered through the mail.

The project and appearance of the portraits is further enhanced if your models happens to have green or deep blue eyes and if so, then focus on them. Use diffused light and dark backdrops to enhance the appearance and effect. You do not want any distraction to gather an audience's view from the main subject.

The use of a snoot is highly advisable as this piece of photo equipment is quite useful in focusing a narrow beam of light onto specific parts of a subject and there are several D.I.Y snoot projects that can be done with little or no expenditure of money.

If you want to "cheat" a bit or perhaps cut some corners, there are always some masks made from these feathers and they will cover the majority of the face, but if you want to follow the theme, you will still need to hand apply some feathers anyway.

If you want to imagine more or less what exactly this theme entails then imagine a human face whose skin, eyes and hairs are made of peacock feathers. In other words to use makeup and feathers so that one cannot tell where one starts and the other one ends.

This should be your goal; to approximate an almost total coverage of the face of the protagonist with the aid of clever makeup and some artistic creativity.

Also take advantage of earring, fake eyelashes and any other fashion gear that is made from the feathers and use them to your advantage in the portraiture.

Conduct research in the Internet and you will see that there are many instances of these beautiful feathers being used in other types of photography and in some portraits but their use is mostly limited to side decorations and not the main point of interest.

If your images are done creatively, technically sound and are pleasing to the eye, then your chances of selling these images to a host of photographic stock houses and photography publications is greatly enhanced.

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    • LuisEGonzalez profile image

      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thank you very much Ms Lynch

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      Lynn S. Murphy 6 years ago

      Beautiful and informative as ever.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      SimpleGiftsoflove: Thank you very much

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      PurvisBobbi44: Thank you my dear, glad that you feel that way

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Very Creative! and Original! Up and interesting. Great job!

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      PurvisBobbi44 6 years ago from Florida


      I voted Up, awesome and beautiful. I love Peacocks, and your hub. I enjoy your hubs, they are always so new, exciting and beautiful.

      Thank you for making me smile today,