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    Tips for Fashion Photos

    My friend is an up and coming (broke) fashion designer and asked me to take some digital photos of one of her dresses (on a model) for a submission file. I take mostly nature shots on film, and I don't really like to shoot people, but I owe her.

    I have a Nikon D70s with an 18-70 zoom (no additional flash). We will be shooting outdoors in a park. I know this is a next to impossible request, but does anyone have some basic advice (settings, program modes, composition, flash, etc) that might help salvage a few images from this?

    I tried to get some general info from the web, but when you type in "fashion photos", you can end up places where you don't want to be!

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    Re: Tips for Fashion Photos

    start by asking your friend to show you some examples of the sort of photo they want taken. then check out the location and have a look at the clothes. try to pick a spot with nice open shade. harsh lighting will most likely be your enemy. a reflector and diffuser to reposition the light and soften or remove unwanted shadows would be handy. you will need somoene to hold it for you though. have a think about what sort of poses are most likely to show off the features of the clothes. you have to keep in mind that these photos are about the clothes not the model, so any poses that might ruffle or crumple the line of the clothes are out. there are plenty of guides on how to pose people to give you an idea of what poses will best suit the clothes, the model, the location and the lighting.

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    Re: Tips for Fashion Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by PhoebeG
    My friend is an up and coming (broke) fashion designer and asked me to take some digital photos of one of her dresses (on a model) for a submission file. I take mostly nature shots on film, and I don't really like to shoot people, but I owe her.

    I have a Nikon D70s with an 18-70 zoom (no additional flash). We will be shooting outdoors in a park. I know this is a next to impossible request, but does anyone have some basic advice (settings, program modes, composition, flash, etc) that might help salvage a few images from this?

    I tried to get some general info from the web, but when you type in "fashion photos", you can end up places where you don't want to be!

    Thanks,

    philgleiss
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    Re: Tips for Fashion Photos

    Thanks much. Very heady stuff! Lot's to think about not only for this project, but can apply to my regular work.

    Thanks again,

    Phil

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    Re: Tips for Fashion Photos

    Great reminder on the reflectors. I think I've got some white foamboard I can take with me.

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    Phil

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    Re: Tips for Fashion Photos

    I'm in a situation close to this, a friend wants me to shoot her. Nothing special, I'm just doing it for fun. Going to the Reservoir near us once she gets off school (homeschooled), Now I'm mostly a nature person, and I rarely shoot people, so I was hoping for some tips. I'll have my Canon 35-80 and Quantray 19-35 3.5-4.5 with me. Any tips?

    Canon Digital Rebel with Quantray 19-35 F3.5-4.5 basically Glued on. :P

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    Re: Tips for Fashion Photos

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