Fashion photography tips for beginnersOn March 4, 2022 by Emma Collymore
A successful career in fashion photography is not just knowing how to use a camera. I learned about this first hand during my first trip to New York Fashion Week. I went there as an assistant with a local fashion photographer, whom I followed to college. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had never been to a fashion show. I think your first fashion show will be one of the biggest. It was a chance to find out if I wanted to pursue this career. I always imagined filming a wedding or making family portraits. That was until I met a local fashion photographer. He was a native of New York and worked there for over 20 years. He gave me my first internship job, and for that I will always be grateful. From that moment on, I knew exactly who I wanted to be, and it was a fashion photographer. Here are some tips I have learned over the years from experience and other experts in the field.
I know it will probably sound no problem, but the easiest thing about your job is to take a picture. The problem with this simple part is that most photographers know how to take pictures but don’t know how to use a camera. That’s why you should always learn to use the camera properly. There are several ways to learn how to use the camera properly. You can teach yourself by reading manuals. These days, there are online photography forums where you can ask questions and get feedback on how to use the camera. There is also an unlimited number of amateur blogs and professional photographers who can also help you. I prefer to go to local photo clubs to get help. I also recommend taking a local photography class at your local vocational school.
Proper equipment is required to produce quality photos. You will always need reflectors and diffusers. You also need to make sure you have monopods and tripods. When it comes to choosing the right lens. I don’t have a specific brand or model that I recommend. I think it’s more a trial and error process that you have to go through first. I always recommend renting different lenses and even different camera models. This will save you from spending money on a lens or camera with which you do not feel comfortable. Most companies will not take back a lens or camera after you have used them. The resale market never offers equal value to the goods you could buy. This is true even if it only uses a few hours.
Now that you know how to use the camera properly, it’s time to find some models. I found the best way to get a model ready to take pictures for free – to find one that is trying to create its own portfolio. This way you can practice your technique and you can both work on creating your portfolio. You can try various websites on the internet that can help you in your search. You may be wary of Craigslist when searching for models. This experience is invaluable in helping you in lighting and getting comfortable directing a photo shoot. The best part is that after going through a few shots, you’ll have plenty of photos to work on your editing skills.
No matter what genre of photography you understand, how to properly use lighting is extremely important. You will work with different types of lighting, such as natural and studio. I prefer natural lighting, but believe that most of my clients prefer studio shots. So I decided that reflectors would be my best friend while shooting in the studio. To minimize costs in the first few years. I decided to use as much natural light as possible. It also gave me time to work on how to use different studio lighting. I was lucky that in my city a studio portrait photographer allowed me to practice with her lighting. You can always rent lighting equipment.
Photo editing is another process that requires time and experience to produce a quality and professional end product. There are several different programs you can use to edit photos. I prefer Lightroom to edit all my images. You can also use a Mac or PC with this program. How you edit your photos really depends on what your style will be. It can be a style that is tailored specifically to a particular client. It could be a completely unique style or one you’ve seen in other successful fashion photographers. Here you will be able to explore your creative side and determine how you want the processed photos to look after publication.
The fashion industry is in a state of constant change. Every year different styles and tastes come and go. As a fashion photographer, you need to stay abreast of current trends. You should be familiar with different designers. It would also be good to know the various magazines that cover the fashion industry. I know most of the coverage of the catwalk in the early years where I made contacts. It is extremely important to work on establishing relationships with others in the fashion industry. I call this self-marketing, and it’s probably second in importance after the shots you take.
Fashion photography is not something you can do on your own. In most cases, you will need help when changing your wardrobe or hairstyle and makeup. I have a wonderful assistant who can perform all these tasks for me. Starting, I couldn’t afford an assistant, so I placed an ad at a local college for an intern. This is a great way for you and for the intern to work on your skills. I was also lucky to have a husband who didn’t mind carrying all my inventory for me. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll have to carry for an outdoor photo shoot.
Hiring an agent was probably one of my least favorite tasks. I hoped that as soon as I approved my name and proved that I was producing professional quality photos, that work would start coming in. Unfortunately, this was not the case for me in the first 2 or 3 years. The big plus for me was that I had a portfolio. Most agents don’t chase you, and in some cases it’s hard to get them to even look at your work. Once you have an agent, they will go out and get your work in front of designers and magazines. I highly recommend hiring an agent if you have a good portfolio.
I believe that photography in fashion is probably one of the most competitive genres of photography. For me, it took a lot of time and a lot of patience. It may not be for everyone, and there may come a time when it is no longer for me. Listen to others who are willing to help you in your potential career. Be open when others are critical of your work. Be aggressive in marketing yourself and your work. Eventually, all your work will pay off when you see your work on the front cover of a major magazine.