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girl in lingereFashion photography is hot, it’s happening and it’s creative as hell.

I’ve been commissioned for fashion shoots in my time and I always find them so different from my normal style of shooting because they are so styled and planned. 

Artistic license is something we all enjoy and in a prepared shoot with a brief you may expect to be limited but you still hold all the cards with the lighting, angles and emotion of the images you produce. 

Of course these generally need to satisfy a client and not just your audience so be mindful of that!

In this blog we have a real treat for you! We are going to look at a fashion photographer’s profile plus we will go through 10 great tips for fashion photography.

Dave Kai-Piper is a phenomenally talented photographer and one I have been lucky enough to meet and spend some time with. 

Dave is a deeply creative man and one who has had worldwide success with his fashion photography. 

When I spent the morning with Dave I was surprised that he was photographing someone in direct sunlight but Dave likes to do things differently. He follows his vision and creates what he pre visualises in his head - it’s all part of the process!

To help in such bright conditions, Dave used a portable Camel flash to fill shadows on the model’s face whilst keeping them in place on her surroundings. Shadows give texture and drama to an image and they bring out the texture of background objects.

Pre-visualising an image is a crucial part of thinking like a photographer. You have to know what you want from an image in order to tell the camera what to do. 

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mike browne commissions 032Professional photography has meant that I get to have fun every day. My passion for photography is the foundation for my professional career which has been challenging and rewarding. 

My knowledge and experience means that I have been able to teach photography to beginners and enthusiasts for almost thirty years. 

In our Photography Locked Down group we have some exciting photographers whose work has been selected for competition short lists and publications nationwide which just shows individual growth in their aspirations to professional photography.

This is a more personal one for me because I didn’t turn 18 and confidently pursue a career as a professional photographer. I took a more abstract route and you can too.

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Patterns - Look for patterns in your composition. Shapes or repetition can really add to the feel of a photograph and add some creative sparkle to it.

Change the viewpoint - Don’t just shoot horizons horizontally and people vertically! Switch it up. Lie on the ground and shoot up, shoot down, try from above - be as adventurous as possible with your viewpoint. You will bring home some really great shots!

Fill the frame when you compose a photo - Don’t be afraid to fill the frame with your subject, it adds intimacy and can completely change the feel of an image.

Use leading lines - Whether a natural line created by a river or row of trees or a man-made line of road or railway. Leading lines help add depth to your image and are instrumental in leading the eye into the further reaches of the photo.

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There are so many impressive effects we can create with our cameras. The beauty of photography is the creative interpretation and slow shutter speed is one of the great ways we can do this!

Once you have the technical skills and you know how everything works you can bridge the gap between execution and creative thinking. Slow shutter speed is one of these skills. You can achieve some amazing things with slow shutter speed but you need to have the know how to execute it effectively.

We’re going to cover a lot in this blog, such as:

  • What shutter speed is
  • How to use slow shutter speed
  • Tips to achieve great effects 

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There are so many different genres of photography. I love dabbling in a bit of everything myself particularly landscape, portraits and street photography.

Lifestyle photography as a form of documentation has always played a key role in photography history. 

I know that lifestyle photography will resonate with a lot of you which is why this blog is so important. I want to help you explore your creativity and discover new styles of photography.

What is a lifestyle photographer? A lifestyle photographer aims to shoot candid portraits of people.

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I am a big fan of auto focus but manual focus has its place. I’ve written this blog to help you learn a little more about manual focus and how to use it effectively. No one likes blurry photography so focus is really important but you need to know what to focus on. Just because auto focusing has become so advanced, it doesn’t mean manual focus is being neglected. Manual focus is in fact becoming more prominent with enthusiasts and professional camera models.

We’re going to look at what manual focus is, where to focus and top tips.

Manual focus is when you manually focus your lens so you can select your point of focus. Some lenses are manual focus only and don’t have auto focus capabilities. However if the lens has a manual focus ring then any autofocus lens can also be focused manually. Manual focus can be used in cases of very low light, low contrast, or backlighting when autofocus is overwhelmed.  It can be used in static contexts such as landscape photography or macro photography where you absolutely need precise focusing. Manual focus works on DSLRs through a simple rotation of a lens’s focusing ring. The advances in technology mean that manual focus is much more accurate today. 

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Photography offers us so much to learn and explore. Whether you are a budding or seasoned photographer you can create absolute magic with your camera. Not because of your camera but because of YOU and your creativity.

A big part of composition is foreground - but what is foreground? We’re going to learn about what foreground is, how to use it and my top tips...

What is foreground? When you look through your viewfinder, the foreground is what is nearest to you as the photographer. The foreground space in your viewfinder can be used to draw attention to something further away in the frame. For example, you can make use of leading lines to pull someone’s eye down the image. Such as a line of trees that lead to a statue. Foreground is particularly important for landscape photography because this is a great way to add interest to an image.

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We’re jumping head first into a historical debate today and comparing the greats; Nikon and Canon. This is as big as the tea vs coffee debate - so hold onto your hats! We are going to look at as many aspects of this argument as possible and consider:

  • The history of Nikon and Canon
  • Cost differences
  • Lense capability
  • Which to choose

I use both makes and feel that it depends on what you’re looking for, your main photography interest and features of the model itself. Having said that one is more popular when we look at the numbers but I’ll keep that to myself for now!

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You may as well ask how long a piece of string is. If you want to change careers and become a world renowned photographer then you may need a little more than a single day long photography course. However if you are an avid enthusiast of photography who wants to improve their skills then this is a perfect choice. I’ve written this to help you figure out whether a one day photography course is what you’re looking for. 

We’re going to look at goals, what a one day course includes and the benefits of a one day course.

What are your photography course goals?

What do you want to get out of a photography course? 

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Aperture is one of the most important tools to understand in photography. I have a handful of foundational controls I expect every budding photographer to understand and aperture is definitely one of them. As always, the best way to test your knowledge is to get out there and practice. Read this blog and once you have a better idea of what aperture is and why it’s important, get out there and practice.

I’ve broken this up into sections so it’s easy to follow and to put into action. This is what you will learn from this blog:

  • What aperture is
  • What aperture priority is
  • Aperture and F-stops
  • Aperture and shutter speed
  • When to use aperture priority

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