High fashion photography is an exciting field and it would make an excellent choice for a career. Unfortunately, there are only so many high fashion photographers and to become one you will have to be exceptional. This article will discuss a few high fashion photography tips to help you take better pictures so that maybe one day you can also be a high fashion photographer.
The first thing that you should know is that a fashion photographer is someone who conveys an essence of authority. When shooting professional models they need to feel self-assured and confident about your selection of shots. If you show any signs of anxiety or lack of direction then this may be reflected in an uncomfortable performance by your model.
It is, therefore, important to organize the shot in your mind and to rehearse any composition or technique that may be required for each shot. Always have any props or clothing prepared and ready ahead of time. This will also be important for the location that you choose. You might visit a location and everything looks fine but when you actually go to the location for the shoot, things have changed. To be effective you will need to clearly communicate your agenda and all of your objectives in a calm and coherent manner.
Fashion photography is all about beauty and clothes. It is important that you as a fashion photographer are able to pull all of these elements together. If the shoot is for a clothing designer’s current line of fashion, then make sure that you complement the fashion selection by having the model wear her hair and make-up in a way that will complement the garment. If the model is the focus then do it vice versa.
When you want to shoot a seductive or provocative look you should have your model wear heavy, dark makeup and her hair should be over styled. On the other hand, if you are trying to achieve a natural or innocent look then you would want subdued pastoral tones for the makeup and a hairstyle that is soft and flowing. An unusual looking model will bring more interest to the garment whereas a beautiful model with big lips, small chin and a symmetrical face will bring more focus on the model.
Posing is a very important part of any fashion photograph. The easiest way to learn about photographic an interesting poses is to search through current women’s and men’s fashion magazines. There you will find a variety of inspired looks about what is currently fashionable. A pose that has a broken down, angular body shape will add edginess and interest to any fashion photograph.
Other important considerations when shooting fashion photography is lighting, props, studio, location, and the advantages of having an assistant. Yes, a career as a fashion photographer is a good choice because it will be a career that is filled with travel, beauty, and excitement. The key is to learn everything that you can about fashion photography.