The field of fashion photography is booming day by day. The world of fashion photography is fast-paced. You will have plenty of scopes for experimenting. As a beginner, you need to be patient and enthusiastic to learn. There is high competition in this field as well. We are trying to make the path easier for you by sharing some valuable tips that you'll need throughout our journey.
Here are the top 4 best fashion photography tips for the beginners:-
1. Choose the perfect lens:-
To get a bokeh i.e. a soft out-of-focus background, you should use a telephoto lens. It gives a classic look to your photo. But make sure that the visible background is far away from the model. If that's not possible, assuming you're shooting in a studio or the background is important in your theme, go for a 50mm or 85mm lens. If you want to do some experiments, you can try a wide lens, but a non-rectilinear one.
2. Learn the correct lighting:-
You must have already heard about 'hard' and 'soft' lights. Hard light casts strong dark shadows, which is, of course, a big no-no for your photo. You need to know how to adjust the proportion between the apparent size of its source and the apparent size of the model. Never use flash directly on your model, use light modifiers to soften the flash. Umbrellas, softboxes, or a flash bounced off a white wall, can be used for this purpose. Learn a golden rule for light intensity here- it gets fade following the inverse square law i.e. if you increase the distance between the light source and your model thrice, the light intensity on the model will decrease by a factor of 9.
3. Set the right settings:-
Generally, an aperture of 2.8 or lesser than that is considered well for fashion photography. Higher aperture produces shallow depth of field in the photo which focuses on a single thing blurring everything else. Using a shallower depth of field directs the viewer’s eye. It blurs everything except the focal point. But if you want to take a photo that involves more than one model, a smaller aperture like around 5.6 F will be most suitable for you, to have every model in focus. Keep the shutter speed at 1/100th if you're shooting in sunlight. If using flash is required, set the shutter speed slower, like around 1/200th. Higher ISO will create noises or grains in your photo, so always avoid that. Only set it higher when the light is low, otherwise, keep the ISO anywhere between ISO100- ISO400.
4.Know the composition tips:-
Background is not to be ignored in fashion photography. If your model is wearing dazzling attire, then look for an ordinary-looking background. If the attire is simple, you can well experiment with complicated backgrounds. The rule of thumb is to keep a balance. Let the model interact with the surroundings, try different postures keeping this in mind. When the model is seen looking at something other than the camera, touching the trees, etc., it will create a dynamic look in your static. To achieve the same purpose, let the cloth flow a bit. It will not only give a motion in your photo but also make your photo look well-balanced, as it will fill the space on one side of the photo if there's any. It will also create a soothing breeze effect in the audience's minds. If the model wears a body-hugging cloth, let him or her move a body part, and click the shot.
As you get to know the basic tips and tricks for fashion photography, go ahead. Don't be afraid to do experiments. Learning any type of photography is a lifelong process, and fashion photography is no different from that. The more you practice, the more you will learn.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC