Amy Schumer’s Hilarious Narration Of Her Glamour Magazine Cover Shoot

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Ever wonder what kind of thoughts are running through model’s heads as they’re sitting through hair and makeup or on set trying to make sexy, sultry faces while having wind blown into their face? According to Amy Schumer, it may not be as exciting as we like to think it is. Just take a moment to watch this hilarious behind the scenes footage of the comediennes recent Glamour Magazine photoshoot.

Schumer personally narrates the entire clip, giving viewers a laugh as she invites us into the mind of a model at work. Between sarcastic jabs at the over zealous wind machine operator and giving herself whimsical little pep talks, her unfiltered opinion of the experience had us bursting at the seams with laughter. [Read more…]

Photographer Van Styles Shares Some Tips On Location Scouting And Choosing The Right Model

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Every photographer will eventually develop their own method when it comes to scouting locations and deciding which model to work with. For Los Angeles based photographer, Van Styles, that means choosing a model first, then finding a location he feels works best with the model’s look and is appropriate to they type of shoot he’s doing.

In the quick clip below, Styles shares more details on his approach to location scouting and what he looks for in a model (hint: it’s not all about how they look). Additionally, the photographer also shares a handful of tips on working with models, selecting wardrobe, and posing techniques. [Read more…]

How I Fought My Insecurities And Planned A Weeklong Photo Shoot In The Fashion Capital Of The World

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We all have those moments, those days, those months where we just can’t seem to come up with a good idea.

It seems like it takes more energy to convince yourself to get started than it does to actually shoot a set. The truth is you don’t always need an earth stopping idea. A lightning bolt of inspiration. Sometimes just committing to doing it gets the ball rolling. Once you’re actually in motion you start to realize that there is a lot more to learn about than just the photo techniques themselves. Lots of business and planning skills go into it as well that will in turn make you more valuable as a photographer. Just the process of saying I’m going to do it…. led to how am I going to do it? That simple question took me on a path that taught more than anything else in my career so far. I’d like to tell you about my self produced week of high fashion photography in New York City.

So, I went to New York City.

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Candid Interviews With 24 Master Photographers Including Steve McCurry & David Allan Harvey

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The nice team over at Vogue Italia curated a YouTube playlist of interviews with 24 of their favorite past photographers. The interviews range in length from anywhere between 1:30 miuntes to over 35 minutes long. Most, however, have about a ten minute run time. Not all, but most of the videos are in English.

I haven’t watched all the videos yet, but the ones that I have spent time with were really good. There’s a lot of technical and inspirational soundbites in the videos, which is always a treat. Here’s a quick selection of videos for your convenience. If you have a little time to burn, you can scroll down to the end of this page and indulge in the entire playlist. [Read more…]

A Photographer’s Guide to Surviving Fashion Week

Fashion Week is an international series of events where fashion designers can showcase their latest collections and connect with other members of the industry. Twice a year, the fashion world converges on New York, London, Paris, Milan, and other sites across the globe for a week’s worth of fashion shows and events.

While for many, the focus of Fashion Week tends to be on the celebrities that attend the shows, what they wore, and the parties that followed, Fashion Week is so much more than that. This year, in New York City alone, over $887 million.

While Fashion Week is clearly important to local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses, it is also an important event for all the photographers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, and members of the media that are needed to cover such a large event. While Fashion Week shares many similarities to other large media events, like the Academy Awards, for instance, there is one major difference, Fashion Week lasts much longer, and is held over a much wider area.

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Photographing Portraits, Lifestyle, And Counterfeit Fashion With A $9 Budget Per Shoot

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A lot of photographers dream of shooting high fashion and all the expensive couture that comes along with it. Unfortunately, unless you’re shooting specifically for a brand, that kind of budget just isn’t a reality for many photographers. Or is it?

Living in China, the leading manufacturer of shanzhai (i.e. imitation/pirated goods), photographer, Quentin Shih, wanted to undertake a project that would explore the everyday life of the individuals living in the small, poor towns at the forefront of the shanzhai industry. Thus, he started the “$9 Fashion For Photography” series. A collection of portraits for which he budgeted a measly 9 bucks to accessorize the models for each shoot.

“I want to create some humor using fake luxury goods, and the vivid color of these goods is also what interested me, but the fake stuff is not the whole topic I want to explore—young people, life, portraits are what I’m looking for in this project.”

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Underwear Ad Banned Due To Concerns About ITG Encouraging Anorexia

You’re probably wondering what ITG is and why it would be reason to ban an ad. I myself was unaware of this term until recently, but turns out it can have quite an impact on the usability of your fashion photos.

Also, why does the ASA care about ITG and will the AAAA start paying attention to it as well?

So everybody, today we’re going to talk about the inner thigh gap (ITG).

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Join Pro Photographer Lara Jade On A Cheap Camera Challenge Fashion Shoot Edition

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In the latest Cheap Camera Challenge on DRTV, Kai called on the celebrated fashion photographer, Lara Jade to conduct a fashion shoot in the streets of Hong Kong. Though Jade was given a professional model and a couture wardrobe to photograph, the camera Kai had her work with takes the term “toy camera” to an all new low as far as quality is concerned. However, being the creative she is, Jade brings in a heap of little accessories to shoot through including a drinking glass stolen from the hotel and a cheap plastic beaded bracelet she picked up from a street vendor during the shoot. [Read more…]

Go Behind The Scenes Of A Vogue Fashion Shoot With With Legendary Photographer Horst P. Horst Circa 1946

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My how the world of fashion photography has evolved. When I think of modern high fashion photo shoots, images of eccentric makeup, sparkling models, and electronic music bumping in the background pop into my head. Yes, it’s possible I am stereotyping a little bit, though, judging by the looks of this vintage footage from a 1946 fashion shoot for Vogue American, things are times are definitely changing.
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