Fashion Week

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Dominique Hammer specializes in black-and-white photography. In this presentation he shares his experience, knowledge, and recommendations to help you improve your photography. 0:00 - Introduction 1:29 - Train Your Eyesight 7:40 - Analyzing the First Photo 12:56 - How to Analyze Photography 20:32 - How to Prepare a Fashion Shoot 28:29 - Analyzing the Fashion Shoot Photo 34:22 - How to Find the Essentials 42:49 - Things that Helped the Most 49:10 - Analyzing the Final Photo 50:46 - Gear Used 51:20 - Final Thoughts
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"I was addicted right away to taking photos, telling stories, composition—all of it. Once I started taking photos, I never stopped," says Marisa Peña, fashion photographer and B&H employee. Peña, whose love of shooting began with a high school photography class, boasts a portfolio of texture-filled macro shots rendered beautifully in black-and-white, self-portraits curiously composed and full of whimsy, lively
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The equipment used by fashion photographers varies considerably, depending on what is being photographed and who is behind the camera. In general, the kit requirements for documenting a fashion show are more standardized than those for creating editorials. There are successful fashion photographers who can fit all of their gear in a single bag—and others who require an entire equipment truck. This article is aimed at photographers getting started with fashion productions. Photographers interested in capturing runway should read Theanos Nikitas
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Jason Rivera discusses creative direction, shooting, and the equipment he uses during indoor and outdoor photo shoots. He explains the benefits of different types of lighting for continuous and strobe photography and how he mixes both styles for his assignments. 0:00 - Introduction 2:06 - Rivera’s Workflow 6:07 - Stella Pro Lights 8:23 - It's not About the Size of the Gear, It's About Being Confident 12:09 - Breaking Down Rivera’s Fashion Shoots 20:48 - How to Work with Clients 24:24 - Tips for Breaking into the Industry 29:10 - Continuous vs
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Whether it's a fashion or wedding photoshoot, portrait lighting and posing can take your photos from okay to great. Professional photographer Roberto Valenzuela takes you behind the scenes to his portrait photography lighting and posing process. You'll learn how to pose and light women and men, from professional models to wedding parties, from in studio to on location. What are some of your own tips for posing and lighting portraits? Share them with us in the Comments area, below.     Sponsored by Lexar
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Watch enough online tutorials or read enough marketing copy and you might be convinced that a successful portrait requires cranking the aperture of your lens to its widest setting. While the “wide-open” approach to portraiture is far from new, its usage has surged in recent years, leading to a surplus of photos flaunting extremely shallow depth of field. As polarizing as it is popular, whether this phenomenon is viewed as a scourge or a blessing depends on the audience. Plenty of striking portraits have been made using this technique but, like
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Mastering studio lighting can feel like a Herculean feat when you’re just getting started. Like any aspect of photography, it requires patience, practice, and plenty of mistakes before it comes naturally. In an effort to shorten your learning curve, we’ve rounded up 10 common issues that beginners encounter and how to fix them. Technical Issues Lighting setups can be as simple or complicated as your heart desires—or your shot requires. However, before you can begin to think about how to use your lights creatively, you need to understand how
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There are countless ways to modify light sources to achieve the exact image you want to create. While softboxes, umbrellas, and beauty dishes (deservedly) get much love from portrait photographers, they are far from the only means of adjusting and shaping light. Scrims and
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On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we welcome photographer Michael Sanders and model Jayne Moore to discuss the collaborative process between model and photographer on a fashion shoot. From “go-sees” and casting via Instagram, to the rhythm of a shoot, working with on-set teams, lighting insights, and the dos and don'ts of professional interaction, we discuss the P.O.V. from both sides of the lens. The thread that runs through our conversation, though, is how a
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Whether highly stylized fashion editorials or delicately balanced beauty images, Ryan Michael Kelly’s photographs share a distinctive, clean aesthetic. Originally trained as a painter, Kelly switched to photography after encountering the work of Richard Avedon and David LaChapelle. By the time he graduated from the School of Visual Arts (SVA), in 2004, Kelly had already begun building a reputation in New York’s fashion world while shooting model tests and editorials. Over the years, Kelly has developed an impressive client base that includes
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Many people dream about a fashion photography career as a life in the fast lane with gilded perks. In reality, it takes a discerning eye, fierce determination, and a penchant for risk. These very qualities were the driving force behind Erin Yamagata’s decision to trade the beaches of Southern California for the crowded avenues of midtown Manhattan. By her graduation from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in 2015, she had assembled a solid fashion and beauty book, and was on her way to establishing herself as a fashion industry
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Rose Callahan is a curator of character. From Florence to Johannesburg, London to Tokyo, she has captured photographs of some of the most dapper gentlemen and rakish beaus one could hope to encounter. Beginning as a blog dedicated to the resurging dandy personality, her project has since evolved into two impressive volumes: I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman (Gestalten, 2013) and We Are Dandy: The Elegant Gentleman Around the World (Gestalten, 2017). In each, portraits of her subjects at home or in their favorite haunts are
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Fashion photography is all about being in the right place at the right time with the right model featuring the right outfit in the right lighting. Whether it be on the street, on the runway, or in a studio, having the right lens might make the difference between getting the cover shot or filling your digital trashcan with unsightly images. B&H Photo asked some top fashion photographers to share their favorite lenses with us and why they love them. Before I dive into some specifics, you will see that the common thread connecting all of
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Do you know the difference between a Creative Director and an Art Director? Agent and manager? Call sheet and line sheet? The fashion industry can be as unforgiving to outsiders as it is rewarding for insiders. No amount of smizing will save a photographer who shows up to a test shoot with a #2 pencil but no camera. Luckily, we compiled a glossary of terms every photographer who is thinking about shooting fashion ought to know. Agency/ Agent A person or company that represents creative talent (actors, models, artists, etc.); books jobs; and is
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Now that you know the basics of Fashion Week from Part 1 of this article, it’s time to learn about the types of conditions you may face, and the needed gear (and settings) for getting great images. Shooting Conditions and Gear Requirements Each venue and runway show is unique. Some shows are well lit, while others may have no professional lighting or minimal illumination (I once shot a show in an historic building where the only