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July 1, 2013 09:17 am
you have done tremendous job. excellent work. i m really impressed !
February 13, 2013 09:55 am
oohh... I wanna be a photographers!!
January 20, 2013 07:28 am
There are some fundamentals for fashion photography, and although to shoot the models aren't very complicated, unless you've put them to practice, jumping into a shoot could be a waste of time. Your article is very interesting, thanks.
March 17, 2012 12:03 am
2yrs since my last post. Very educational site this :) That's round bout when I first started..
Getting into wedding photography.. I only have a Nikon D50 and a SB800 flash. Any info/ sites that can help me improvise with what little I have. I understand that I will have to rent a back-up camera and flash for starters as well as a fast lens cos the 2 lenses I have are +F5.6.. Don't mind taking a few knocks at the beginning.
But my next investment would have to be a good fast lens, what focal length would be condusive for Weddings?
November 11, 2011 01:30 am
Damaging article. You forgot the most important thing. WHAT DOES THE CLIENT WANT.
This article asks the PHOTOGRAPHER to decide what look he wants - does he want a sexy look? Traditional? Modern? Indoor? Outdoor?
This is a fashion shoot, so that means it is not the photographer's own work - it is for the client.
MOST IMPORTANT THING FIRST: ASK THE CLIENT WHAT THEY WANT, then get creative.
April 21, 2011 05:36 pm
fashion shoots look complicated when the photos are finally finished. The actual shoot may be very simple. Sometimes using one light and one model can have amazing outcomes. Little usually goes a long way when shooting fashion.
April 21, 2011 05:34 pm
5th and 6th points are so important, thanks for valuable tips!!!
April 6, 2011 09:08 am
The camera you chose is important, but high quality glass makes a much bigger difference.
March 15, 2011 06:26 pm
The camera you choose for fashion photography will be one of the most important decisions of your career. It is an investment and it's purchase will impact your creativity. There are many brands to choose from, and important differences to consider in this process.
January 12, 2011 01:49 pm
A great list of valuable and helpful tips and recommendations on fashion photography. It goes withoutsaying that even the most professional masters will find it interesting to read this post carefully. Honestly, I have read the article from the very beginning to the end and very much satisfied with important knowledge obtained. Hope that these advices will help most people master such creative art as fashion photography. Also thanks a lot to other users for leaving so many helpful comments on this post.
November 8, 2010 03:50 pm
No Doubt the fashion photography is an art, A fashion shoot, according to the website Digital Fashion Photography, consists of many elements: a model, photographer, and stylist, plus makeup and hair artists. When you have a stellar fashion shoot idea, choose your model based on the theme. Make sure that you have a good model who can execute the shoot's aesthetic. There are many great shoot ideas that can you can customize and make your own.
In Pakistan, when we move for shoot, either in indoor or outdoor we always take care also about the skin of model.
Although fashion shoots look complicated when the photos are finally finished. The actual shoot may be very simple. Sometimes using one light and one model can have amazing outcomes. Little usually goes a long way when shooting fashion.
August 13, 2010 07:41 pm
August 13, 2010 07:37 pm
hi i like to learn through this site,
June 29, 2010 05:28 pm
Wow I learnt so much just by reading the article and the comments! And I have to disagree with @ Matthew-Dutile. I think Asia is catching up really fast so watch out NY.
June 11, 2010 09:46 pm
Doing mostly fashion. Buying my First flash, NIKON SB800. I’m using a NikonD50
How do my camera settings communicate with my flash settings? Do I adjust my camera settings then adjust/select flash settings separately? Example once I’ve set my iso, aperture, shutter speed and taken the meter reading, do I then select my flash settings.
Could u help me understand a basic flash setup procedure e.g. set flash mode, then select flash speed...? If I’m making any sense.
I’ve learned that the focal length that my camera is on, affects the output of my flash?
How does me changing foul length affet my flash output?
Quote, “don’t shoot too fast cos u’ll blow up flash because all of the power u asking it to pump out by pushing it 3 full stops and zooming flash head to its max at 105mm .Which is another great feature.” ? I think I read this here. What does this mean? Sounds important.
Quote this site,” I set my flash to high sync speed mode so I could shoot at 500th shutter speed. Why shoot at such a high shutter speed? So I could capture a nice blue sky and not blow out the background. My Fstop was 6.3 ISO was 160. Now when u use such a fast shutter speed you obviously need to demand more power from your flash. Also using an Fstop of 6.3 demands more power. So I set my flash exposure compensation to plus 3Stops ! I also set my zoom head on the flash to 80mm instead of letting it set itself to 44mm automatically. As u can imagine I was asking my flash to do a lot and demanding a lot of power. So I had a quantam batter pack attached to give it the flash and extra power it needed.”
I‘m lost after, “Also using an Fstop of 6.3 demands more power”. Flash xposure compensation to 3stops? Zoom head? Set itself? How does setting itself ffect anything? Do I need a battery pack for my flash?
Quote,” I then set the flash to ETTL and high speed sync mode, dialed up the flash exposure 3 whole stops and zoomed the flash head to 105mm. I was standing about 8feet from the model with an 85mm lens on the camera. Now this is the awesome part! I then set my shutter speed to 1/1250th of a second! My Fstop was 4.5 and my ISO was 200. I shot away and this was the beautiful result even under the midday sun.
The high speed sync mode is my favourite feature. I now am not limited to syncing at only 1/1250th of a second. I can capture details in my background and control my contrast by using a very fast shutter speed.” Huh? What does dialing up flash exposure mean? How and why would u zoom a flash head? But could’nt a high sync mode of 1/1250th of a second overheat the flash?
Being able to zoom the flash head from 24mm all the way to 105mm gives the photographer so much more control and room to play. How?
Buying an SB800. I’m worried about it overheating. Heard that if u take too many shots in a row it could overheat. Apparently I’m spose to wait 2-3mins after doing 30 shots? Does this mean that need to pace my use of the flash/ allow it to recover?
I don’t want it to overheat or melt down (
Since theD50 does not cater for the commander mode, the only way(cost effectively) I have to shoot off camera is sync cable. I need a sync extension cable, cos most of the ones I’ve seen in the retail shops are very short. I’m Looking for a 10m or more at least.
What is high sync speed?
I’m quoting,” how to shoot wide open apertures with flash and hi speed sync”
What does this mean?
How do u keep your focus locked on subject, when the subject is moving ? focus tracking, and how does this work basically.
How do u set your camera flash to light your subject/model relative to background ?
Could one take meter reading off subject and then adjust setting within 3F stops ?
Quote, “At mid day you’re probably gonna get an F/16 which is very bright. So that means your flash needs an output at least F/11 and that is asking a lot from an off camera flash.” What in the world does this mean?
April 17, 2010 04:39 am
This is really excellent advice.
JenniferLynn Productions, LLC
March 27, 2010 01:32 pm
Referencing to the first paragraph, the model makes or break great fashion photography ideas. The way the model moves, poses, acts is all reflected into the lenses and into the photograph. Giving the model direction, especially when they are inexperienced is vital! Great story!
March 26, 2010 05:00 am
Not the best article Ive read here !
You miss a few main points about fashion photography:
-A good stylist is 70% of the shoot, and way more important than getting a photography assistant for instance. If you are shooting fashion, you want the latest clothes, and you want to use items that will be trendy soon, not things that are cool while you shoot it. Stylist should help you gather up the clothes you need, and should help with concept / story.
-A good model is - very - very - important. You can be politically correct and pretend you can shoot "fashion" with any girl, but in reality, having a fashionable model is one the most important things in a fashion shoot. You can create fashionable shots with any light / setting / clothes with the right model :=)
March 26, 2010 04:03 am
I think the article was well thought out and well presented. I would only like to add two steps. First, try to get a few shots DURING the model's dressing. I have sold as many of those as I have once they're actually in full fashion-ready condition. and second, pay close attention to the eyes. They MUST match/contrast the fashion. Even in formalwear, whether the hair is long and swept back or tightly weaved on top it will be generally acceptable. From my experience, the eyes MUST be 100% in focus and properly made up. Finally, I always try to do 3/4 facial shots. Looking straight into camera often pulls attention away from fashion and towards the ears.........a straight side view often makes the nose look like a ski slope. A 3/4 facial blends the nose with the cheek and has the benefit of keeping one ear out of sight and the other blended with side of the head so attention isn't as much on facial features as it is on the fashion/whole image itself.
March 24, 2010 08:10 am
These two pictures are great examples of amateur fashion photography. Maybe if you included images of what professionals actually achieve, people would be better able to wrap their mind around the decent ideas you throw at us in your writing?
March 24, 2010 01:50 am
Here are some of my first tries regarding fashion photography. Enjoy
March 23, 2010 05:37 pm
It's a well written article. But there are certain points that I want to put forward....Firstly, lighting is an important part of photography, so you just cannot compromise with proper lighting. Secondly, you must make sure that the props that you are using is appropriate. moreover if you are a professional, you have to make a note of the client's choice and work accordingly.
March 22, 2010 09:02 pm
Thanks for a great article. I've stumbled it and passed it on to my photography update members.
March 22, 2010 03:35 pm
I thought this was a well thought out article.
@ Matthew- I do disagree with the NY comment, but I understand what you are saying.
I do shoot fashion and I do not shoot in NY. Fashion photography is shooting fashion- for advertisement in magazine, in store, or on the web. This is true of any situation where a company or designer is trying to market their product. Fashion photography is advertising, plain and simple
Jason brings up a very important part of fashion photography on the other side of the spectrum. Runway work. It's a whole other beast in the industry. And yes the lighting always sucks. I compare runway shoots to sports, you are never where you want to be, you never get the shot you want, it's best to shoot 1000 shots and hope that you actually had one decent shot of each outfit. Can you tell I don't like runway work? There is something constricting about having to stay in one spot all night shooting from the same angle and rubbing shoulders with 2 others doing the same thing.
For fashion photography it just comes down to what the client is looking for, and the true talent is making the client happy by getting their vision in the finished product. They chose you because they like some aspect of your work but what they want is their vision of a shoot, and they believe you can make it happen for them.
Your client should (and will want to) be involved at every stage of the shoot from initial planning, to model selection, to examining proofs, to re-examining proofs, and finally with the end photo selection for their marketing use. One thing you shouldn't do is make this your shoot and impose yourself too much. You run the risk of the client saying no to the finished work- not because there is something wrong with it- but because it wasn't what 'they' wanted. This is a very important point that you should always keep in mind. You might dislike the photos, the models might not appeal to you, and the clothing might be something you would never wish on your worst enemy- but this is what you are shooting today, and if you can pull this off you will have another 5 clients asking for you to shoot their next line.
March 22, 2010 09:38 am
I'd like to add one more thought. Unless you're working with NY models, your fashion photography is just pretend fashion. It's a sad thought, but true.
March 22, 2010 08:51 am
I agree with a few of these points, but disagree with others. Overall this is a wonderfully written article with a lot of good information. However, lighting is KEY, and you cannot just bounce a flash around and hope something magical happens. Personally I feel that "flat light" is a horrible thing in photography, and I would rather have something more dramatic than an evenly exposed image that has not life to it.
I submit my fashion shot for example. Three lights and no props.
I feel that most props distract from the target of the shot, that being the fashion. Just my opinion, but I would read another article from Jason quite happily in the future. Nice work and I appreciate your attention to details, even if I feel a few are more important that others.
March 22, 2010 04:30 am
Even with a studio, fashion photography can be a challenge. I have photographed a few runway shows for a local modeling troupe, and they always decide to very poorly light these night events. Props and background objects can definitely help make a great fashion shot, that is a tip I will keep in mind more myself for next time.
Here is a brief rundown of my pre-fashion show shoot checklist an one example shot:
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