As I have mentioned before, being a photographer there are many questions I am posed on a regular basis. From new photographers there are two that stand out; whether I prefer shooting black and white or colour, and which I prefer shooting fashion photography or beauty photography? Much like every speciality fashion and beauty photography both have pros, and cons.Continue Reading
To run a successful fashion photography studio, you need access to quite the arsenal of equipment.Continue Reading
As a professional fashion photographer you take pride in your photography portfolio. It is a culmination of hard work dedication and creativity. It can be a bit ominous at times. All of your painstaking years of work summarized in a few pages.
Your photography portfolio should develop with you. Over time your styles, techniques, and skill changes. So when this happens depending on how you have chosen to display your portfolio this can either be a quick fix or leave you with quite the dilemma.Continue Reading
Being a commercial photographer is truly an underestimated profession. An astonishing number of people assume as a commercial photographer you show up take photos, and that is the scope of your work. In reality it has many complexities and nuances. After having good hard laugh when someone makes this assumption, the question of ‘what goes into a commercial shoot?’ is posed. Without the assumptions I still find I am asked this question a fair bit, particularly by those who are just starting out. Continue Reading
In fashion photography people bring life to art. As the focal point of most photos is the model and their movement; this makes their capacity to perform in front of your lens a critical component of the final product. It is important to make them comfortable in expressing mood and tone on set. I have found that the on-set mood can dramatically affect the quality of the images, and in some cases can make or break the success of the final images.Continue Reading
A question I hear a lot when I am on the road lecturing at colleges and universities is where do I go to keep up to date with industry happenings? In an era with a lot of information and news access many have a tough time finding credible sources with quality content. There are copious blogs and forums, but determining which are going to cover all the info you need can be a bit tricky. So I have compiled a quick list of my go to sites:
Each year thousands of young budding photographers graduate from their institution of choice across Canada. Set on a long and difficult path of ongoing learning and development. With this rite of passage comes more applications to assist than I know what to do with. I find that there is always a fall term surge in applications for students looking for a co-op and again around August right after diplomas have been received and OSAP gets ready to start harassing you for payments.Continue Reading
If you want to learn how to light a portrait for a beauty or fashion shoot you can use the almighty school of Google and come up with over 10,000 results. Page after page of photographers explaining their expensive lighting equipment and where to go to buy it… Once you’ve maxed out your credit card getting their oddly specific set up you are ready to move on to your camera’s manual. Just a little light reading on deciphering histograms and flash syncing. Then, and only then, you are ready to hunt down the tab you had that set up saved on, reload it, and begin following instructions 2 through 200 with the use of a protractor and a measuring tape.
The best piece of advice my college professor ever gave me was use the sun as your main light. It’s cheap, for the most part readily available and always offers a new challenge and opportunity to experiment. Learn how the sun moves, go out and shoot at different times of day and practice. When you figure out techniques using the sun you will find the studio is the easiest set up. Why he gave me this advice after I graduated I’ll never know. It would have saved me a lot of cash and being on a first name basis with a rental shops unnerving associate. Nonetheless this is the advice I give to every students who assist me.Continue Reading