First of all I would like to thank my friend Bruce Smith for sharing these fashion photography tips with us, and hope they get you shooting some really great fashion photography shots too.
“How I lit The Shot And Photoshop for fashion Step by Step guide showing the techniques that I used to finish the image.”
I use Photoshop as little as I can, I would much prefer to get an image right in camera so I am not spending hours on every image. Most of my images you will see have taken on average 30 minutes.
To get over this I placed my model in the shadows created by the branches of a large palm tree. I set up a large California Sunbounce Gold and Silver Zebra reflector out in the direct sun light reflecting soft warm light onto the front of my model.
I took a light reading from my models face and shot at shutter speed of 1250s aperture of f2.8 at 400 iso. White balance set to daylight.
This image was shot on my D2H with a 24mm to 70mm f2,8 Nikon lens, focal length set at 42mm, 1.4 mtrs away from my model to emphasize her limbs also so we had a good connection for creating good energy and directing.
Notice my lens/eye level is in the middle of her torso, this is important when shooting wide angle and close to your subject to avoid distortion, ie if you shoot to high up your models head will be big and her legs will look like they are short like a chicken and visa versa so its important to get your eye/camera lens level at the right just the hight to avoid distortion,
I will often shoot from a lower angle, especially if I am trying to emphasize the length of a models legs for hosiery images.
To keep the sky as blue as possible I shot with a polarizing filter on my lens, looking towards the west of the midday sun. This is how you keep the sea and the sky blue as well as making my models skin/tan look nice an silky by removing some of the specular reflections on her skin.
If I had been shooting facing more to the east the sky and the sea would have been much more burned out..
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