This week marks fashion week in New York City. Have you ever wondered what it takes to get some of those amazing shots of models strutting down the cat walk? After talking to some of our members who do this regularly, here are 5 tips on how not to commit a faux pas during fashion week.
1. Location, Location, Location
Get there early and get your position. There are lots of photographers who are vying for the same shot as you will be so it’s best to get everything in order and arrive early. Make sure you have cleared all the hurdles and have gained permission from the organizers.
2. White Balance
You’ll be dealing with a lot of different lighting situations. White balance is crucial when you are photographing fashion shows. You want to make sure you get the colors correct. Do some tests before hand and make sure to check your histogram. Try pre-setting your white balance for the most accurate color. Not sure how to set your white balance? Check out THIS ARTICLE we did a few months ago on getting the best white balance for your image.
3. Portrait vs. Landscape
It’s about the fashion. Let’s not forget that. Shoot a majority of your images vertical and allow for plenty of space above the model’s head and below the model’s feet. When you do shoot horizontal or square, make sure it’s appropriate. For example, when all of the models come out at the end showcasing the entire fashion line, that is a perfect time to capture them horizontally or square. Another great time to photograph landscape, is when the designer has their name displayed on the back wall. It’s important for designers to have their name linked to their fashion. Make sure to snap a few with the models to the side of the name. Make sure you can read the whole name.
4. Don’t Forget the Back
Designers put a lot of work into their designs. It’s important to not only get the front, but the back as well. Designers like to see how a creation will flow both from the front and back. Don’t hinder yourself by only photographing the front.
5. Fast Lens
Since you have no control over the light level you may want to consider using a fast lens. A fast lens with a wide aperture, F2.8 or lower, would be the best way to capture the action of the models walking down the runway. Also, remember when shooting at this low of an aperture you can keep the model in sharp focus while softening the background.
-Written by Libby for Adoramapix with the help of members
-Photographs are by Shutterstock and are used for editorial purposes
Every month, we ask questions to our members about what and who inspires them the most. This month we focus on the top photography YouTube channels out there that have helped our members along their creative path. According to our AdoramaPix Members, here are the top 5 YouTube channels for photographers.
Without a question, Adorama’s channel is rich in information for the new and experienced photographer. It is more than a just a camera store, it is an educational resource like no other. It has several different channels, each focused on a different aspect of photography. Mark Wallace does an amazing job of hosting most of the informational videos. His friendly demeanor and ability to break things down into the simplest of terms makes it easy for photographers to understand and implement.
With his amazing hair and sincere love for the photography industry, it’s hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm. Jared Polin, aka FroKnows Photo, offers critiques, tips and great humor. He is determined to help those just starting out by having them get off Auto Mode and switch to Manual Mode. He is a true digital pioneer in the 21st century. Plus, his grandma, Lil, gives him advice about life on his channel and it is endearing.
I can not stop laughing when I watch this channel. The main presenter Kai is so fun. Even the about section has me laughing , “The most subscribed and viewed photography show on the interweb, presented by an asian dude with a British Accent.” With its bright pink graphics and Kai’s dry sense of humor this just makes this channel a delight to watch. Not all instructional videos need to be so serious. You can view new episodes every Monday and Thursday.
This is a conglomeration of great photographers coming together to educate the photography community. The channel offers behind-the-scnes videos, gear reviews and so much more. What’s great about this community is that it’s a group of full-time photographers, videographers, retouchers, and editors. Because of this, it means the group’s content is always fresh and up to date. Check out the taser portrait series – it’s shocking.
You can’t be a photographer in today’s day and age without knowing about PhotoShop and Lightroom. Aaron always has a smile on his face and puts the “Phun” in PhotoShop and Photography. It’s important to know the ins and outs of PhotoShop and this channel is dedicated to getting you on the right track.
-Written by Libby for Adoramapix based on feedback from members
We have received a number of questions recently about sharing photo books. Sharing a photo book means that you make it available for others to see and/or buy over the internet. To others, your shared photo book will look just like it looks to you when you click the preview button in the PixBuilder tool. I.e. you see a simulation of what that project will look like in print and you can flip through the pages.
You don’t need to wait until your project is completed or ordered before you share it with others online. In fact, you may prefer to show it to others before you finish it so that they can make suggestions for changes or improvements. This is especially true of commercial projects where client feedback is required.
1. Log into your account and under the “My Books” category click on See all.
2. Find the photo book you want to share. Under the orange bar (if it’s not completed) or green bar (if it is completed) you will find three choices : Edit, Copy, Share/Embed. Click on Share/Embed
3. Clicking on the Share/Embed button will take you to a new page. On the right hand side of the screen, click on the blue bar that says “Share”. You will then move the button at the top from the off to the on position. You can then either email the link directly to whomever you would like to share it with, or you can copy the link and send it in a separate email.
We hope these quick and simple tips will help you when you are designing your photo book with Adoramapix.
I found a great birch tree that had fallen in the woods. It’s a native tree from where I live. I had a friend saw it into different sections for me and then saw about a 1/2″ thick place holder into the top of the small stumps.
I love the way they look and they compliment the images that represent where I live. Plus, it’ s free and means more to me than a small frame from a general store. If you choose to do something like this, I suggest to use only fallen branches or logs.