Study portrait lighting techniques for ideas on illuminating your indoor fashion shoots. Combine strobe lights and V-flats to diffuse the atmosphere and play around with different settings until you find one that works.
When it comes to shooting, check your light setup before your models arrive. Take some test shots of yourself or a stand-in and make any necessary changes. This will confirm whether your lighting and camera settings are correct.
Communicate with your models.
It’s important to make your fashion models feel at ease. This is a primary tenet of portraiture. Practise photographing someone you know before working with models. See how you need to direct them to get the shots you want. Try to get candid shots at off-guard moments. When you’re working with someone new, it can make all the difference to spend a little time just breaking the ice and getting to know them.
“The beauty of fashion photography is that it comes from people being themselves.”
- Flo Ngala
Build up from simple poses.
Begin with portraits and simple sitting and hand poses before moving onto any extravagant shoot ideas. Getting the basics right with still imagery is vital – as is understanding how your model works with the environment. Once you and your model are comfortable, you can start trying some shots involving movement and more complex poses.
“Props are like a little crutch. It gives them something to fall back on.”
– Editorial Photographer Nicolle Clemetson