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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Natural Beauty Takes A Poke At Fashion Photography By Juxtaposing Beauty With Hairy Armpits [NSFW]

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Photographer Ben Hopper wanted to say more with his recent project Natural Beauty – a series of portraits showing beautiful females with armpit hair.

Shooting in black and white that feels a bit like fashion portraits, using medium format Mamiya Leaf, the series heavily corresponds with contemporary fashion photography. Yes, the exposed hairy armpits create a staggering contrast.

We were pretty curious so we asked Ben about the models and learned that while some of then, kept their hair naturally, others avoided shaving (or waxing) for weeks (or in some cases months) specifically for the project.

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DIYP Interviews Fine Art Photographer Rebecca Litchfield

Rebecca Litchfield is somewhat of an un-categorized hybrid, she shoots fashion (and does it darn well), but she is also very well known for her urbex (urban Exploring) photography. I’ve been following Rebecca Litchfield’s work for a long time, but it was only when I saw her great talk over at the photography show that we made the connection and started an interview. I knew it was going to be fascinating, I just did not know how much.

DIYP Interviews Urbex And Fashion Photographer Rebecca Litchfield

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Fashion Shoot Anatomy And Post Production With Dave Piper [NSFW]

It had been a while since I had shot on a DSLR, most of last year I had shot on the Fuji X-Pro or a Pentax 645d. I was starting to shoot more and more video and thought that maybe it was time to pick up a 5dm2 or something similar. I even thought about the 5dm3 and was just about to buy one when my good friend Martin Gillman announced he was selling his D800, humm, I thought.. Yes.. Deal. I picked the Sigma 35mm Art lens and the 105mm macro (will be looking at the 50mm Sigma too). For video, I will be renting things like the Zeiss Compact zooms.

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Martin dropped the camera off and I just needed to shoot asap, I spoke to my lovely lady friend Ameila and we formed plan to shoot some lingerie with Penny Grimley on the make up. The styling was made up from a few places and things we could find quickly. (Fleur of England, Cristina Adami and Henry Hunt).

I am a big Fuji X-Pro fan, in fact I am a Fuji X-Photographer, I spent most of last year without a DSLR at all and I started to really miss one. The idea of such a powerful multi-use tool started to really make sense. From Leaf to Leica, d90 to 645d, I have shot with and worked with everything. Pretty much all of last year, I didn’t touch a DSLR and after picked up the D800 again…. I can totally say with full confidence, DSLR is always going to be the future. Such multi-use, powerful cameras will never die. There is a place in the market for Compact System Cameras (CSC), DSLRs & Medium formats (MF). I still don’t think we need FF CSC’s though, or CMOS Hassy’s. I like that each has it’s own area and use. Maybe DSLR is the new Bridge camera from hobby to work tool ?? Either way.. The lenses are getting better to cope with the sensors and the 35mm Sigma and the 55mm Zeiss make the D800 seem like a totally different camera to the one I took to the USA and Africa a couple of years ago ! It is good to see that the lens and camera manufacturers are putting time into getting good glass out there into the market. Thank you Fuji, Nikon, Sigma and Zeiss… Love you all !! [Read more...]