Ed Shapiro wrote:Hey, Steven!
A very long time ago, I was called in the photograph members of the "Jewel Bix Review" which, at the time, was a top-notch drag show- I mean those guys really looked like gals, of course with lots of makeup and carefully planned stage lighting and effects. At the end of the show, after the last production number, the performers would reveal themselves- it was hard to believe!
Problem was, even with high-quality makeup art, the camera saw things differently, suffice it to say there were "cracks in the makeup"! So...my tactic was to firstly use soft light sources, back in the day, rather large umbrellas. For the closeups, I went with mild soft focus- a Zeiss (Hasselblad) Softar#1 in front of the lens! For full-length shots and groups I shot with and without the Softar in place. The clients opted for the slightly softer look and the slight (fringe) secondary image caused by the diffusion added more "glitter" to some of the costumes.
If you find a similar problem, nowadays, the use of a PhotoShop plugin called "Professional Portrait", which can be purchased and downloaded online- the price is reasonable and it makes for easy retouching of the aforementioned issues.
That's my experience with drag shows- I did that company for 6 years in a row and then had to go into the service- never did one again! I wonder if the are still around- I have to Google them!
Goold luck with the assignment!
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