Fashion Photography

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Flo Ngala has mastered the art of "hustling" and "flowing" when she's creating portraits, despite the opposite meanings of these two terms. Watch this B&H Event Space video and learn how she approaches balancing the rapid nature of "hustle" and the slow nature of "flow" as she applies it to her photography. Thumbnail credit: Flo Ngala for T.A. New York 0:00 - Introduction 2:21 - Defining Hustle and Flow 3:13 - Flo's First Fashion Hustles 6:15 - Overview 6:42 - Hustle Tip 1 8:25 - Hustle Tip 2 10:01 - Hustle Tip 3 11:24 - Hustle Tip 4 13:
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Lee Miller may have been best known in life as a beautiful muse of the legendary Surrealist Man Ray yet, shortly after her passing, a lucky accident led her family to an attic treasure trove, which made her a photography legend in her own right. During this week’s podcast, we unpack the details of this extraordinary tale and hear many other anecdotes from Miller’s adventurous life in a chat with her son and biographer, Antony Penrose. From her swift ascent as a ’20s-era Vogue fashion model—and the ad campaign that sidelined her appeal—to her
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Fashion photography undertakes the deceptively difficult task of capturing the nature and spirit of a garment while conveying the designer's underlying vision. Doing so successfully already requires immense skill and artistry, so it helps to have the right camera for the job. We’ll be looking at a few cameras suitable for fashion photography, as well as some camera fundamentals to help inform your future purchase. Let’s begin with essential features. Camera Sensor Your camera’s sensor should be your first consideration, because it is
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Rodney Smith was a photographic visionary, with an allegiance to the image above all else. Long acclaimed for his iconic black-and-white pictures—not to forget his later jewel-like color scenes—Smith captured enchanted worlds full of subtle magic and lighthearted humor. Using only analog film and the aesthetics of natural light, his dream-like photographs are matched in quality by the craft and physical beauty of his prints. Above photograph © The Estate of Rodney Smith Smith died in 2016, yet the enduring precision, elegance, and whimsy of
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Bruce Gilden is a street-photography icon. With summer in full swing and International Street Photography Day (otherwise known as Henry Cartier-Bresson’s birthday) looming on the horizon, what better time to feature a lively chat with the master himself, recorded at B&H’s 2023 Depth of Field Conference, just before the Magnum photographer’s keynote lecture. Gilden’s emotionally fraught depictions of real people up close are an
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Anything you have the power to dream up, you have the power to create. Nikon Ambassador Dixie Dixon explains why the Nikon Z9 and NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S allow her to find inspiration for her portraits, while also focusing on capturing photos. 0:00 - Dixon’s Career 9:42 - Nikon Z9 and NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S 28:00 - Photoshoot Behind the Scenes 30:53 - Working with Animals in Fashion Photography 40:06 - Getting Creative 47:27 - Q&A
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Photographers instinctively seek light. In this video, Joe McNally shares stories from his career and the incredible effort he puts into lighting an image. 0:00 - Introduction 5:39 - McNally's History with Light 9:43 - Light that Looks Natural 13:15 - No Place for Fancy Light 13:58 - Nervous Light 14:27 - The Valley of the Gels 18:58 - Hard Light 22:34 - Soft Light 25:21 - Lots of Light 28:32 - Same Subject, Different Light 30:47 - Fashion Light 40:56 - Light in Difficult Places 42:09 - Quick Light 43:45 - Light Shapes Character 48:17 - Day in
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Dominique Hammer specializes in black-and-white photography. In this presentation he shares his experience, knowledge, and recommendations to help you improve your photography. 0:00 - Introduction 1:29 - Train Your Eyesight 7:40 - Analyzing the First Photo 12:56 - How to Analyze Photography 20:32 - How to Prepare a Fashion Shoot 28:29 - Analyzing the Fashion Shoot Photo 34:22 - How to Find the Essentials 42:49 - Things that Helped the Most 49:10 - Analyzing the Final Photo 50:46 - Gear Used 51:20 - Final Thoughts
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"I was addicted right away to taking photos, telling stories, composition—all of it. Once I started taking photos, I never stopped," says Marisa Peña, fashion photographer and B&H employee. Peña, whose love of shooting began with a high school photography class, boasts a portfolio of texture-filled macro shots rendered beautifully in black-and-white, self-portraits curiously composed and full of whimsy, lively
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The equipment used by fashion photographers varies considerably, depending on what is being photographed and who is behind the camera. In general, the kit requirements for documenting a fashion show are more standardized than those for creating editorials. There are successful fashion photographers who can fit all of their gear in a single bag—and others who require an entire equipment truck. This article is aimed at photographers getting started with fashion productions. Photographers interested in capturing runway should read Theanos Nikitas
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Jason Rivera discusses creative direction, shooting, and the equipment he uses during indoor and outdoor photo shoots. He explains the benefits of different types of lighting for continuous and strobe photography and how he mixes both styles for his assignments. 0:00 - Introduction 2:06 - Rivera’s Workflow 6:07 - Stella Pro Lights 8:23 - It's not About the Size of the Gear, It's About Being Confident 12:09 - Breaking Down Rivera’s Fashion Shoots 20:48 - How to Work with Clients 24:24 - Tips for Breaking into the Industry 29:10 - Continuous vs
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Whether it's a fashion or wedding photoshoot, portrait lighting and posing can take your photos from okay to great. Professional photographer Roberto Valenzuela takes you behind the scenes to his portrait photography lighting and posing process. You'll learn how to pose and light women and men, from professional models to wedding parties, from in studio to on location. What are some of your own tips for posing and lighting portraits? Share them with us in the Comments area, below.     Sponsored by Lexar
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Learn fashion photography techniques in this webinar. Editorial, lifestyle, and fashion photographer/Director and Nikon Ambassador Dixie Dixon discusses her creative process, gear, posing, and lighting tips. She also covers the camera settings she typically uses, such as the ideal aperture for fashion photography. Questions? Post them in the Comments section, below. Sponsored by Manfrotto
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Using fast prime lenses to create razor-sharp portraits where the focus melts away like butter can be an addictive (and costly) pastime. The jump from an 85mm f/1.8 to an 85mm f/1.4 may seem minor on paper, but anyone who has used both lenses knows that the difference extends well beyond a few decimal points. This article is an homage to the top-tier primes designed for the most demanding portrait photographers. Hide your wallet before proceeding. Photographs © Cory Rice
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Watch enough online tutorials or read enough marketing copy and you might be convinced that a successful portrait requires cranking the aperture of your lens to its widest setting. While the “wide-open” approach to portraiture is far from new, its usage has surged in recent years, leading to a surplus of photos flaunting extremely shallow depth of field. As polarizing as it is popular, whether this phenomenon is viewed as a scourge or a blessing depends on the audience. Plenty of striking portraits have been made using this technique but, like