Tips for Becoming One of the Best Fashion Photographers
Photography is so much more than just capturing a moment in time or recording memories. Photography is art. Some photographers get joy out of creating art for families or at weddings –and there is nothing wrong with that. However, high-end fashion photography is a widely viewed and profitable form of expression. Fashion photography does take a different set of skills and a more comprehensive knowledge base though. Here are a few tips to help you along the road to fashion photography.
1. Be prepared always.
You never know when you might be needed for a last minute shoot. Because of this you need to make sure you always keep your camera, a handful of cheap compact flash cards and the appropriate charger for your camera – depending on what you are shooting with I would highly recommend the Nikon mh-23 quick charger. If you get called in for a last minute shoot, you aren’t going to get very far with a nearly dead battery and no additional flash cards.
2. Find fashion everywhere you go.
If you are lucky enough to have a few friends in the modeling industry, you need to seek out opportunities to photograph their fashion. Discuss a style ahead of time with your models and plan out an amazing location. Abandoned housing, train stations and old schools are all very popular ideas right now, but do not limit yourself. The more obscure and interesting the location – the better! Just make sure you coordinate any color themes accordingly with the scenery so your model does not get lost in the shot.
3. Provide your models with a lot of direction.
Many photographers describe themselves as introverted or laid back. When you are photographing models however, this is a trait you will have to push to the side. You will need to be prepared to loudly give descriptive instructions and be willing to photograph your subjects from countless angles. You cannot hold back when you are photographing for fashion so it is imperative that you work closely with your models to ensure the perfect shot.
As simple as the above tips may seem, they are absolutely necessary for up and coming fashion photographers. When you are shooting fashion editorials you will find that the best photographers always rise to the occasion by becoming directors, guides and designers. You will need to intuitively find the best angle and scenes and offer very clear direction on how to achieve the best shot.