Whether it’s high couture or a snazzy number from the neighborhood boutique, beautiful clothes are a great subject for the photographer. Making those pictures sizzle takes a bit of practice and the right equipment. Here’s how to get started.
Any good digital camera will capture a decent shot of a model strutting her stuff, but to really do justice to the subject you’ll need a camera with more advanced features, like those of the Samsung NX System. These high-end cameras take high-quality pictures while giving the shooter any number of helpful options. Whether you need a zoom lens to jump in close or a special filter to add a touch of artistry to an otherwise straightforward picture, the NX System has the right add-on.
There's a reason models make so much money: Clothing almost always looks better when it's being worn rather than laid out flat or folded up. A professional model is great, but anyone that looks good in the attire you're trying to shoot will work. If a model isn't available—or you don't want to deal with the hassles of scheduling, fixing hair and makeup, or the constant fidgeting—a mannequin is a good alternative. On the other hand, you lose some of the vibrancy of a shot taken with a live model in the process.
When shooting with a model or even a mannequin, the clothes only tell half the story. Your model's makeup, hair styling, and accessories will all draw the eye, as will anything distracting in the background. Depending on the mood you're going for, you may want your model to pose against a blank wall or white backdrop, or you may choose to shoot outdoors or in a typical home environment.
Make sure the background doesn’t draw the eye—the model and the clothes are the story. If you can’t remove distracting items or move the model to another setting, you can blur the background by using a shallow depth of field. You do this by choosing the Aperture Mode and setting the aperture (the opening of the lens) to a small number. Doing it manually gives you the most control over the photo, but if you're in a hurry, the Portrait shooting mode on a camera like the Samsung NX System will also work well.
Appropriate lighting is essential for fashion photography, since shadows will accentuate every wrinkle on a shirt and every blemish on a model. Never shoot with a front-facing flash. Either invest in an off-camera flash system (the Samsung NX supports these systems) that lets you illuminate the model from the sides, or position your model so she's lit from the sides with natural light. You can create a setup like this by positioning your model with a window on one side and a large, inexpensive reflector on the other. Lighting from the sides gives your model (and the clothes she's wearing) a natural, healthy glow.
You've probably seen fashion photography portrayed in the movies, and the way the photographer seems to always be moving isn't an exaggeration. There's a lot of luck involved in taking a great fashion photo. The model's expression has to be just right, her hair has to fall in the right place, and the dress she's wearing has to have the perfect amount of bounce to it. None of this is easily planned, so photographers may shoot a hundred photos to find the single shot that works in the finished print. If you're outdoors, you have even more leeway to experiment. Keep moving, and keep shooting until you find a location that "works." Expect to trash most of your shots, but that’s no problem. There’s no waste when it comes to digital photography.
Unless you're on assignment from a glossy fashion magazine, you'll want to share your creations with the world to show off your prowess with the camera (and that party dress). The Samsung NX System and other Wi-Fi®–enabled cameras let you share shots directly from your camera whenever you’re in range of a wireless network. With these cameras you can share pictures directly with friends on social networks like Facebook, send them to Microsoft Skydrive for online archiving, or transfer photos to a PC on your home network. You can even set up an impromptu slide show on your television with Samsung Link, or send a photo to your Galaxy mobile device with the Samsung MobileLink app, available at the Google Play™ store.
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