Fashion

5 Lighting Setups For Shooting in Direct Sunlight

5 Lighting Setups For Shooting in Direct Sunlight

Shooting in harsh sunlight is always a challenge. Recently I shot a test while out on a trip in Los Angeles. Due to scheduling we had to start shooting around 4 p.m., so we were dealing with hard sunlight. In this post we will look at five different setups you can use to shoot in and manipulate these less than ideal lighting conditions. In a previous post, I showed how to quickly scrim hard lighting . In this quick tutorial we will look five different ways to light while in the same environment and conditions in order to alter the look of our image.

Beating the Crop Factor

Beating the Crop Factor

When you are shooting for magazine publication (outside of the medium format realm), one thing you always have to consider is the aspect ratio of your images. Paper sizes, in most cases, do not match up to image size, so there are crop variables you have to constantly keep in mind -- especially for editorials where there will be titles, typography or article copy on the page as well.

Start to Finish Fashion Editorial Retouching: Part 1

Start to Finish Fashion Editorial Retouching: Part 1

Post-Production and Retouching is just as much an integral part of creating a great image or series of images as pre-production and the actual shoot, especially when you are shooting for a client and not just for yourself. Each genre of imagery, advertising, beauty, fashion, etc. has a slightly different set of rules and parameters when it comes to retouching. In this tutorial we will look at the complete start to finish of a fashion editorial image. Last week I posted the complete gear list for this exact shoot . This week we will look at the first part of retouching, including cleaning up our white seamless and correcting distractions in our image.

How The Photo and Video Community is Helping My Family Overcome a Near Tragedy

How The Photo and Video Community is Helping My Family Overcome a Near Tragedy

Some of our Fstoppers readers may have noticed that for nearly a month, specifically after March 28, I dropped off the map in terms of posting new articles. Some have asked why, and in the interest of transparency, I have opted to write this article today explaining this near-tragedy and subsequent fallout from it, as well thanking the photo and video community for their continued generosity and support during this difficult time. On top of that, I have a special offer (in the form of your donation) for my video tutorials.

A Love for Adapted Lenses Leads One Photographer on a Journey to a Slower Pace

A Love for Adapted Lenses Leads One Photographer on a Journey to a Slower Pace
If you're in the photography game, either professionally or passionately, you've undoubtedly been overcome by the tingly, musing desire to buy some new gear that maybe you didn't need. You know, the stuff that clicks and shines and makes you dream of meandering the streets of New Delhi or the Highlands of Scotland on a golden, breezy morning. Michigan-based wedding and portrait photographer Rachel Schomsky is a self-professed "glass addict" who never thought her constant tinkering with vintage and adapted lenses would lead her on path of rediscovery with Lensbaby's new Velvet 56 manual focus lens.

Editorial Fashion Shoot: A Complete Gear List

Editorial Fashion Shoot: A Complete Gear List

I will soon be releasing a start-to-finish retouching tutorial video here at Fstoppers on my most recent fashion editorial photoshoot. But before I do, I wanted to start warming our readers up with a complete gear list. In this article, I share with you everything I used on my shoot, the breakdown of costs, and where to find all the gear and extras: from the Profoto Strobe all the way down to the gaffer tape.

Video Tutorial: How I Upload My Photos to Facebook

Video Tutorial: How I Upload My Photos to Facebook

Most of us know that arbitrarily uploading your shots on Facebook generally fuddles them all up, which is a reason to panic considering our image's quality is a big part of how we make a living. Back in December, I wrote an in-depth article on how I export and then upload my photos to Facebook and preserve the quality of images in the process. As clear as I thought I was, I still received tons of questions. As such, here is a step by step video tutorial you can watch as a visual aid for the original article.

Fashion Photography And The Sound of Music

Fashion Photography And The Sound of Music

During the course of my 28-year photo career I’ve learned a lot from simply watching great movies, but watching great movies alone isn’t enough. You have to practice once you’ve been exposed to new information. We all love watching movies, and today I’d like to share an exercise you can do after watching a classic movie to become a better photographer.

10 Things I Learned From Interviewing Fashion Photographer Matthew Jordan Smith

10 Things I Learned From Interviewing Fashion Photographer Matthew Jordan Smith

Matthew Jordan Smith has gained a reputation as one of the industry's top fashion photographers and also as one of the leading photography educators. Those of us who have seen Smith teaching or in interviews have been left with the same impression: he is a photographer and instructor that is forthcoming, sincere, and passionate. My experience in interviewing him proved all of these to be correct. Smith was both very candid and insightful, and here are 10 takeaways from my interview.

Photoshop Video Tutorial #5: Selections from The Beginners Basics Series

Photoshop Video Tutorial #5: Selections from The Beginners Basics Series

Brand new to Photoshop? Literally got hooked up on Adobe Creative Cloud last week? If so, more than likely you're fumbling around trying to make sense of the damn thing, and are looking for some help. Online videos about Photoshop techniques number in the hundreds of thousands, and it's quite likely you've watched at least half of those by now. If you've had trouble finding video tutorials for you, the bare bones beginner, then my Beginners Basics Series videos are for you, and I welcome you to check out Lesson #5: Selections.

Saving A Bad Retouch | Recovering Texture and Tone From an Overdone Retouch

Saving A Bad Retouch | Recovering Texture and Tone From an Overdone Retouch

Knowing when to stop is the hardest lesson to learn for those new to retouching. In this tutorial we will look at how to recover lost texture and over smoothed skin tones, even when your file has been flattened. In this image the texture has been over retouched resulting in a significant loss in the skin texture. The transitions between skin tones have also been slightly overdone. Frequency Separation is a term we see in retouching all the time its also a technique I'm working on using less and less and bring in as a last resort. B y using frequency separation here we can borrow texture...

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