Fashion Photography: Learning the Basics

If you have expressed an interest in fashion photography, no doubt you want to know the ins and outs of this prestigious industry. Various reality television shows have shown some insight as to what the industry is all about, but have they shown you everything there is to know about fashion photography?

Fashion Photography: It is All About the Look

While this statement usually applies itself strictly to the fashion industry, you will find that sometimes fashion photography and fashion are completely blended together. After all, aside from runway shows, it is fashion photography that brings new fashions to the public.

When you look at fashion photography, no doubt you are amazed with the overall look of each picture. Not only is it the model and the clothing, but it is also the setting. Indeed, fashion photography takes photographers to locations, both popular and obscure, all over the world!

However, it is important to note that fashion photography is not all just about the clothes and the location. It is also about setting up the shoot to get the best out of the model and the clothing. For example, if the message you are trying to get across is that a certain line of clothing is seductive, you want the lighting to be just bright enough to show off the clothing, yet convey an alluring appeal.

Something else you had better be exceedingly versatile in is picking models for your beginning photo shoots. Sometimes you might be assigned the model and the rest is up to you, but usually that is only if you are a seasoned professional looking to do projects with a specific fashion line.

So, what are some things you should look for in a model when setting up a fashion photography shoot? Well, it all has to do with the kind of fashion you are shooting. For example, haute couture requires models to be very tall and (unfortunately) very thin. Lingerie models should be curvy, and so on.

If you would like to pursue a career in fashion photography, begin by taking classes for it at renowned photography institutes. Or, you can build a portfolio by photographing new models, and then showing your photography portfolio to various fashion and modeling agencies.

It is important to mention that it will take time, as well as money, to achieve your goals. However, one thing that you should always have in abundance is persistence, because that will most certainly make your photography dreams come true.