Hi there FashionPhotographyBlog.com readers, today we have a special guest joining us. Based in the Netherlands, Sander Van Leeuwen, has worked in fashion and commercial photography as well as film. He’s also been a loyal follower of FPBlog for many years now and had taken the time to write to us in a response to an article we had previously posted on how to shoot fashion shows.
We thought what he wrote was so insightful and it listed factors that the original post oversaw, that we decided that it would benefit a lot of you who may be trying to shoot fashion shows for the first time and not quite sure what to expect of the experience. We have invited Sander Van Leeuwen to share with us his 6 simple tips that can make shooting through the commotion of a fashion show just a little bit easier by being prepared for the experience.
We do want to want to make a disclaimer though before we start, and remind everyone that fashion shows are live events, and can be, by nature, a stressful affair. Like in wedding photography, if you miss the moment, you miss the moment. There is no going back! The buzzing environment of fashion shows may not be everyone’s cup of tea, (perhaps not even for Sander) though some people thrive in these kinds of situations. We just want you to be prepared, so you can be on your game and not miss those moments photographing powerful shots of the models on the runway. Take it away, Sander!
Shoot Fashion Shows Using 6 Simple Tips
Hi folks, actually it’s kind of stupid that a lot of photographers were shooting the same show all trying to capture the same image. The craziness of it all, during the show I did (the Amsterdam International Fashion Week)… It was my first big show. I actually liked some of the parts (the parties and being with a lot of famous people and designers), but I hated the actual shooting, since it was kind of stressful. Here are some tips based on my experience:
1. Professional shows have good lighting: You can obtain decent photos especially with the good high ISO performance on most DSL cameras these days so this (poor ISO) is not an issue.
2. 70-200 mm is a good range. The only thing is most of the time you can’t shoot full body on the turn but with 200 mm you can shoot nice full body shots during the whole runway and you can make some nice close ups of the accessories.
3. DON’T USE FLASH! With a lot of photographers in the venue the chance that you’re ruining someone else’s picture with your flash, or someone else is ruining yours is big. Good events organizers go one step further and officially forbid the use of flash (if not, you can be sure that all the other photographers will look at you with death stares like they are going to kill you for interfering with their shot.
4. A monopod is a must have. It happens that most of case there is very little space for photographers to setup. With a monopod you can stand steady between all other photographers.
5. Take a bottle of water with you since waiting in between shows can be really make you tired and thirsty. You wouldn’t want to risk missing the shot by passing out.
6. If it’s a multiple show event, try to make friends with some of the other photographers so you can help each other when this is needed (save good spots for example) and you can have a nice chat while waiting… It is a networking opportunity after all. Did I mention all the waiting already? ;)
I hope this helps some photographers a little!
Kind Regards, Sander
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