Sydney Fashion Show Photographers
Fashion runway shows are well loved in Sydney. We think there’s not enough of them. We’ve consolidated many separate posts into one for easier viewing and removed some others. These are some of our favourite fashion shows and have been really enjoyable to capture.
Fashion Show Photographer Tips
For beginner fashion show photographers, a few tips we can share is try to get centre position in the photography pack. The official Head Photographer usually has this spot, so if they are there, be respectful of their obligations to the client and designers. Have an assortment of lenses, we prefer to use prime lenses. If so it’s an advantage if you have more than one camera body. We always carry two each and a number of lenses at the ready. Be quick at changing lenses as they runway action is pretty fast. Very exciting. Or stick to zoom otherwise. Shoot in manual mode, we prefer to use 1/400 minimum and with professional gear f/2.8 upwards and you’ll get great sharp shots at most shows with a good lighting setup. The lighting is usually either very warm light, about 3000 lumens or (not my favourite) lead spot lights that have very defined peeks in the light band.
Tips for Shooting a Fashion Show
- Respect official photographer centre position
- Have your selected lenses ready
- Prime lenses are our first choice
- Have more than one camera body if you can
- Practice changing lenses fast without looking
- Fast zoom lenses are ok with F2.8 aperture
- Shoot in manual or AE mode
- We prefer to use 1/400 minimum shutter speed
- Take a single photo at a time
- Watch for eye contact from the models
- Include wide shots as well
- Take fashion buyers and spectators photos
- Capture close up photos of accessories
- Close up photos of hair and make up details
- Process photos making sure the colours are represented accurately
Photography Runway Fashion Techniques
Fashion show photography techniques vary between photographers. Some use their cameras like rattle guns. No need to. Pick your shots and stick to the photography brief. It’s not the most amount of photos, it’s the best photos that get remembered.
Runway photos by the top photographers are obvious to the trained eye. To the casual observer they’ll just look good without knowing the technicalities of each shot. Composition is always of prime consideration. What is particular to fashion event photos is, both fee should be near to making contact with the floor. No souls of shows showing. Front on photos should have the one foot directly in front of the other. That will give the female models an accentuated hour glass figure. Take shots to the rhythm of the music as the models will use the beat as cues for pacing their walk. The Models strut at the end of the runway will be different when they strike a pose.
Experienced models will hold their look at a few photographers, take photos of them looking straight into the lens, you’ve only got half a second. When they turn to head back. Remember to capture shots of the outfits, hair and accessories from the back.
Flash Photography at Fashion Shows
Don’t use a flash, in Sydney using a speed-light / flash has always been a no no. Imagine what it’s like for the models to walk down the runway while having very directional spot lights right in their eyes multiplied by 20 photographers flashes going off. Not a good experience for them or for the spectators. As mentioned already, catwalks are fairly bright with hopefully quality light so use a modern camera and adjust the ISO, aperture and shutter speed to suit. No flash photography required. And certainly a lot easier to balance the colour light temperature. Remember, the designers would like to see their garments in photos represented in the correct shades of colour to match real life examples. Not various other hues.
Backstage photography is also an essential part of the capturing fashion shows. Accredited photographers may also have access to this area. Being mindful of the sensitivities of being backstage is very important. You may inadvertently take photos of people in the background getting changed so always be careful when composing the main subject and what is happening behind them.
Take close up detail makeup shots, photos of their hair being prepared, including the skilled talent of makeup artists and hair creatives. Include photos with the outfits designers perfecting their creations. All these types of shots should be included in your shot list. If you can also try for wide room shots to capture the scale of the backstage area.
Fashion Show Photography Rates
Fashion show rates will vary just like any other high production event. Always best to get a quote after the photographer brief and shot list is created. How many hours will the photographer be on location? Are you hiring the photographer per hour or on half / full day rates. What level of post production is required for the files being delivered. And also how far is the venue for the photographer to travel too. Generally, fashion show photography rates will be between $600 to $1440, this covers from a few short hours to a full 8 hour day on location.
Australian Fashion Council
For more information on Australian fashion head over to the Australian Fashion Council website and check out their upcoming list of fashion show events.
The Fashion Council of Australia focus on the fashion supply chain to promote Australian industry from students to major suppliers. Specifically the Fashion Council is all about; Design and Innovation, Supply chain, ethical practice, nurturing local businesses and growing our exports. One key activity of special interest are their Trade Events and Networking ↗ Australia once had a substantial thriving locally manufactured textile and fashion industry so it would be great to see the majority of our quality garments made locally.
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