The year 2020 can be summed up in many ways, one of them being “the year of the face mask.” Not only do face masks and coverings serve as protection against COVID-19, they’ve also become a fashion accessory of sorts for the wearer. For anyone photographing a subject wearing a face mask or covering, though, it can be a real challenge to execute when the majority of the subject’s facial expressions are completely concealed. Not to worry: Photographer Gavin Hoey‘s video tutorial for AdoramaTV, (as part of the “Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey” series), comprises tips and tricks to create dramatic face-mask photos that convey a sense of mystery, drama and emotion using specific lighting, styling, a smoke machine and Photoshop editing techniques.

With the help of his model Sophie, Hoey starts out by showing some basic setups that would normally…

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