camera HELP! 90s music videography- cinematic beauty shots

Hi Guys!

This is my first time using a forum but I hope someone can give some advice. I am part of a University Fashion Society in the UK and we are looking into producing some high quality videos for various projects. We are really interested in reproducing 90's style of videography seen in many RnB and Hip Hop videos. One of the techniques we want to do is some close up beauty shots, here are some examples:

Missy Elliot- The Rain.png Missy Elliot- The rain
Monica- Before you walk out of my life.png Monica- Before you walk out my life
Missy Elliot- Get ur freak on.png Missy Elliot- Get ur Freak on
Destiny’s Child- Survivor.png Destiny's Child- Survivor
Aaliyah- we need a resolution.png Aaliyah- We need a resolution
Lil Kim- Crush on you.png Lil Kim- Crush on you
Destiny’s Child- Say my name.png Destiny's Child- Say my name

We will most likely be working in a studio setting but may venture out to having background. Say my Name may be a good example of a simple background.

We would love advice from the ground up- anything from on ideas of cameras, lighting and technique would be really helpful. We are looking to produce something professional looking and are only in the investigation stage of what that would involve. I think the expression "you don't know what you don't know" can really be applied to us! We realise the photos have obvious difference but I hope it gives an idea. Hopefully with your help we can be pointed in the right direction. 90s videography really interests us and we hope we can solve one part of the puzzle!

Thank you in advance
 
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sfoster

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If you want pretty eyeballs you have to have lights with special shapes.
most common is a circle of lights called a ring light

i personally really like this variation on it
 
@sfoster Thank you for that, that is a great start! I see this can be used for glamour shots so that is great. Out of interest, Would the "before you walk out my life" example be some sort of spotlight?

Any advice anyone has on cameras would be lovely. I notice 90s vids are not as sharp as more recent vids as I'm wondering if its down to the cameras used back then. I know there are camcorders and DSLRs but I don't know where to begin. I wonder if could apply an in post filter but not sure...
 
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@sfoster Thank you for that, that is a great start! I see this can be used for glamour shots so that is great. Out of interest, Would the "before you walk out my life" example be some sort of spotlight?
When she is sitting outside on the curb ?
yeah you could call it a spotlight.

Put her outside in the evening at dusk so that the light will show up on the camera, and then put a black funnel around the light.
Sort of like that cone you see on a dogs head to stop it from scratching at its face.

That cone will focus the light into a spotlight... but the actual light source is just a normal light. being focused by the funnel.
 
When she is sitting outside on the curb ?
yeah you could call it a spotlight.

Put her outside in the evening at dusk so that the light will show up on the camera, and then put a black funnel around the light.
Sort of like that cone you see on a dogs head to stop it from scratching at its face.

That cone will focus the light into a spotlight... but the actual light source is just a normal light. being focused by the funnel.
Thank you for the tip! Very helpful.
 
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