5 Tips To Taking Fashion Photos

Knowing how to take fashion photos is important if you have your own fashion blog or if you are hoping to become a fashion photographer in the future. There are some important things to keep in mind when you are taking fashion photos and here are five tips to help you take great photos.

London Fashion Week Photographers1. Invest Into A Good Camera

In order to take great photos you need to have the right tools available as well. Even if you have a lot of great ideas but a really bad camera your pictures won’t be able to wow your readers.

Of course the quality of the camera you should buy will depend a lot on how serious you are about photography.

If you are going to get into photography as a professional and you need to take really high-end pictures then you’ll need to get a really good, and quite expensive, camera.

But there are a lot of affordable options out there for amateur enthusiasts. For instance, XO Jane recommends checking out offers on Ebay and suggests that some smartphones today can even give you decent photos.

2. Learn To Play With Lighting

Lighting plays an important part in fashion photography and it is really important you constantly experiment with it. Try different options when you are taking a photo and make sure you don’t just stick to the same old method you have found to be good.

3. Pick A Theme And A Focus Point

When you are taking fashion photos it is a good idea to have a certain theme in mind. This means that you want to let the viewer know a specific message or mood that you convey with your image. For instance, if you want to showcase some lovely kaftans you might have an Arabian nights theme in your pictures.

It is also a good idea to have a focus point in the picture that draws the viewer to look at the picture. You want the clothes to take the centre stage but think about how this is best achieved. Look into different angles and what direction the model is looking in.

4. Befriend Fashion Retailers

It is a really good idea to start networking with different fashion retailers to ensure you always have material for your fashion photos. Who knows you might even be able to get your photos published on their website.

You should also take advantage and look for different products available and use them to build your theme and find the right colours for your photos. Take ideas from completely different cultures and styles as well and combine them creatively.

For instance adding hijabs at the Aab Collection to your photo shoot can teach you a lot about making the clothes stand out instead of the faces.

5. Take A Lot Of Pictures

The best tip to keep in mind is that the more you take pictures the better you will get at it. So keep taking as much photos as you can to improve your skills and learn something new about the field.

About the Author

Amina loves to take pictures and is also a big fan of fashion. She could easily spend hours just browsing through fashion magazines and getting new ideas to her photography. She also loves to spend time with her friends.

Digital Photography Printing: In-Store Or Home?

Printing your photographic memories onto paper is the last, yet most paramount, step in professional or personal digital photography. And the rarest freeze frames would not be given their duly earned credit if you’re lacking outdated equipment or poor printer inks. Because your hard work should never be for naught, deciding exactly where you’ll print your photographic masterpieces is as integral as the photos themselves.

In deciding whether CVS, Walmart or your trusty HP will print your photographs, consider these questions before making that elusive final decision:

Costs: Would paper and ink cost more home, or away?

Photograph-quality paper isn’t cheap, and each bundle doesn’t come with hundreds of blank sheets.  Ink tends to wear down quickly when printing high-definition prints.  Most stores will charge somewhere between .25 - .55 per print, depending on size and expected resolution.  Weighing the benefits of leaving your home or developing your film downtown depends first, and foremost, on the costs of said development.

Equipment: Is my printer up to snuff, or will professionals do better?

Commercial digital printing equipment tends to hold up better than box store printers.  In fact, the heavy investment required to commandeer such equipment isn’t because of size – the technology is simply amazing.  Sure, your photo printer will handle professionally taken photographs on smaller scales; what if you had 1000’s to print?  Unless you’ve got the patience, software and time to devote to printing your HD photos, you really need to consider having your digital film professionally developed to avoid bad developments.

Experience: Could I honestly say I operate equipment at above novice levels?

One of many human eccentricities that makes us ‘unique’ includes hating to admit we’re wrong, or inadequate.  Photographers that spend months wandering around looking for new action shots aren’t always technologically sound.  Nor are they great with printers.  Since your portfolio is at risk here, assessing your self-printing expertise with honesty could avert potential disaster.  Especially in the case of professional resume backing, printing your freeze frames professionally would probably be your best bet if any doubt arises you can adequately operate printing equipment.

Time: Would spending hours at home thwart forward progress?

Simply put, professional photographers are busy individuals.  Spending 8 hours dillydallying with their printer could cost them valuable field time.  That being said, gauging whether dropping film off at professional stores or printing them at home really boils down to how much time you’ve got to devote to this activity.  If you’ll have several days of downtime, and your experience, equipment and costs offer plenty of wiggle room, by all means – do them solo.  However, if any elements are missing as mentioned above, you’d be doing your photos a disservice by attempting to print them at home.

Final Thought: Choose Wisely

Printing is that coveted final stage in photography where all your hard work comes to fruition on paper.  Wasting your time, money and effort just to have crappy pictures flushes your work quickly down the drain.  Weigh experience, price, equipment and available time into your final decision when the printing stage arrives in the photography process. Ultimately, your goal is to create high-quality, award worthy photos and anything that hinders that process can only be detrimental to your productivity,

About the Author

Roger Kowalewski is a freelance writer and photography buff from Indiana. You can follow him on Google+.

Thanksgiving Still Life Photography Ideas

Holiday imagery is always in demand in the stock photography business.  With so many ways to use these images, it is up to the photographer to capture a wide range of options for consumers to choose from.  The simplest way to produce any holiday image is to incorporate the many symbols and icons associated a particular holiday, and to use them in as vast an array of themes as possible.

Let’s look at Thanksgiving.  As American’s we reserve this day as a time to gives thanks for the bounties we enjoy through out the year and to share our riches with the people who are the most important to us.  As stock photographers, we are provided a wealth of symbols, both traditional and modern, to work with.


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What could be more traditional for Thanksgiving than the Pilgrim?  After all they were the ones who started the holiday in the first place.  Placing a pilgrim or a pilgrim’s hat into the picture frame makes that image immediately associable to this holiday. 

Thanksgiving Turkey

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Tom turkey may not be having his best day come Thanksgiving morning, but his likeness sure is enjoying the holiday.  Live or roasted.  Stuffed or talking.  This guy’s no chicken.


The cornucopia or Horn of Plenty symbolizes the abundance associated with the first Thanksgiving feast.  Filled with the bounty of falls harvest; apples, squash, nuts, and corn it is the true representation for the holiday.


Hotly contested as an icon.  Some feel it is more Halloween than Thanksgiving, but my feeling is anything that gives it’s life for a pie should have it’s own place as a holiday icon.

Thanksgiving Food

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Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy are the staples of any holiday table.  And who can live without the pumpkin pie?  But don’t forget the peripherals like candied yams, candy corn, or green bean casserole.  Tur-Duck-En anyone?


Not exactly traditional, but most Americans now incorporate one or the other into their holiday celebration.  Personally my Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without both.


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Shopping has become as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie.  It used to be that Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – was the biggest shopping day of the year.   Now so many stores are opening on Thanksgiving night I think we’ll have to start calling it Grey Thursday.


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Thanksgiving started with the giving of thanks so religion is a central theme to the holiday as well.

With so many icons available to represent the holiday, how can you choose what to work with?  My suggestion is to mix and match these icons along with the themes of the holiday to produce truly memorable holiday images.  What themes standout for the holiday?

  • Tradition:  Every family has their own customs and traditions associated with the holiday.   Is it mom and daughter baking the pumpkin pie?  Father carving the turkey at the table?  Some customs are regional, some personal – highlight them all.
  • Harvest and Still Life:  Bountiful and plentiful are the themes for the season.  Combine fall leaves and cornucopia of fall vegetables.  Pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.  Cups overflowing.  Bringing in the harvest.
  • Family Life:  Images of families gathered around the table for dinner.  A game of flag football before the feast.  Family togetherness and bonding is theme to be stressed.
  • Parties and Food:  What more can I say?  Who doesn’t love the food and drink associated with this holiday?
  • Travel:  Happy family reunions.   Nightmare travel scenarios.  Take your pick and make it come to life.
  • Shopping:  Camping out in pilgrim costumes awaiting the doors to open for savings on black Friday.  Crowded stores and angry shoppers juxtaposed against the Norman Rockwell image of a Thanksgiving Feast – well, you get the idea. 

THese are just a few examples of how I would use icons and themes together, but I’m sure you can draw from your own Thanksgiving memories to create unique holiday imagery.

All images in this post are copyright Karen Foley.

About the Author

Karen Foley is a professional freelance stock photographer who contributes her work exclusively to Dreamstime Stock Photography Agency. Look for her blogs about photography and portfolio of work here.

Halloween Party Stock Photo Needs

It seems everyone is in such a rush these days.  But that doesn’t stop up from wanting to celebrate life’s big events in big ways.  Whether it’s a birthday, the 4th of July or a wedding, nothing says celebration like a memorable party.  So how do we find the time to plan and execute such grand occasions?   We hire a Party Planner.  Party planning is a relatively new, but fast growing industry today.  Fortunately for the stock photographer, this means a growing demand for all types of party related images.

What kind of images does it take for a party planner to be successful?  Regardless of the theme, the requirements remain pretty much the same.   Let’s break it down using a Halloween Theme Party as an example.


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You can’t have a party without guests, and there will be no guests without invitations.  Whether printed or electronic, a good party invitation will contain imagery to help set the party theme and tone.  Adult only or child friendly?  Formal or casual?  Themed or generic?  All of these questions can be conveyed easily in the choice of image used. 

For the photographer, it is important to realize all the nuances their images convey and provide a wide range of look and feel for each event type for the party planner to choose from.  It is also important to leave blankspace, or copyspace, on the image so that it is easy to incorporate the What -Where-When details for the event.


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A party isn’t a party without decorations, and a party planner would be hard pressed to sell decorating ideas without visual aids.  Balloons, flowers, table settings, buffet tables, stages and dance floors are just some of the areas where decorations decisions will need to be made.  Having a wide selection of ready-made images available will greatly enhance the party planners visual presentation to clients making selections easier for both sides.

For the photographer, it is important to realize that not everyone will be capable of producing every combination of every effect.  Providing generic images for the pictures of large decorated areas, and detailed images of decorating options, will help the planner mix and match to their abilities and the client mix and match to their desires. 


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Themed parties are all the rage.  Halloween parties can be zombie fests, haunted houses, costume parades and so on.  Even non-Halloween parties can be themed along the line of princess parties, mad hatter tea parties and such.  Images reflecting popular themes, and ideas for non-conventional ones, can help a planner help a customer pick an idea for their soiree.

For the photographer, this means keeping up with the latest trends and producing images that are specific in theme and yet generic in implementation to help with the idea generation process.  It is important to note that the images produced will be used in commercial applications.  As such, they cannot contain any copyright or trademarked materials.  Additionally, it will be necessary to provide signed model releases for any person who is recognizable in the photo either front or back facing.

Food and Beverage

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Catering an event is a large portion of a party’s budget, so it is an area the party planner will want to work closely with the client and the food provider.  While it would be impossible for stock photographers to provide all the food options available in every area, they can provide images of common party food and drink options as well as attractive themed buffet ideas.  Attractive images of food and drink can help a party planner sell a menu even if it is non-specific to their offerings.

Commemorative photo albums

Remembering the party through pictures is a key part of celebrating life’s big moments.  Whether the event involves hiring a professional photographer or not, generating a keepsake album is a must consideration for the party planner. 

Theme specific photo frames and page borders can add creative pizazz when a party planner is displaying past party successes, or providing for fee album options as add-on services.  It is essential to be able to represent the same theme and tone options of the party that were initially introduced in invitation selection, so photographers should think of these deliverables in tandem.


So much of what has been outlined is from the party planner to customer perspective.  It is important for the business owner to  first generate interest in their services and then to convert prospects into customers.  Web sites, business cards, and window placards all should be produced with impactful imagery to reflect the quality of services being offered.

Regardless of the event being planned, a party planner is an essential component in the process, and their secret weapon is the images they have available to make their business stand out from the crowd.

About the Author

All images copyright Karen Foley. Karen is a professional freelance photographer who contributes her Halloween stock photos and photography expertise to the Dreamstime stock photo community. Her portfolio can be viewed here: http://www.dreamstime.com/karenfoleyphotography_info.

A Low Down On Camera Insurance

These days there isn't much that you cannot insure. We live in a gadget obsessed society - from smart phones and laptops to tablets and smart watches, we all have electronic gadgets that cost a fortune to buy. With these costing so much to get our hands on, it makes sense that we insure them to protect against damage and loss.

The Importance of Camera Insurance

When we insure our gadgets, we often over look things like digital cameras. It is widely assumed that our electronic gadgets should be insured but for some reason cameras are often forgotten about. However, much like the rest of our technology - cameras are massively progressing which means that they're more expensive to buy. For this reason alone you should consider getting insurance.

When you look for digital camera insurance you'll find that there are different policies you can take to cover you and your needs. This means that there is something for everyone, to suit all sorts of budgets. You can look for insurance to cover you for losing your camera or for it breaking completely - some places will even let you cover it just for when you are on holiday aboard - it's up to you.

Taking Extra Precautions

Insuring your digital camera is essential because this will protect you against the cost of replacing or fixing a camera should the worst happen. However, you need to bear in mind that if a camera is lost or broken it isn't always just the cost of replacing this that you need to worry about. Most of the time a camera will also have a memory card inside, which contains all of our photos in that we have taken - this are often irreplaceable.

Rather than lose these photos altogether you should try and take precautions along the way. Get into the habit of transferring photos from your memory card to somewhere else - your laptop for example. Even if you never do anything with these, it is peace of mind to know that they are there if for any reason you cannot retrieve them from the memory card later down the line.

Finding Cheap Camera Insurance

No one wants to pay more than they need to for anything - and camera insurance is no exception! We all know that there are different websites and companies out there offering insurance, so finding the right policy for you can be tough.

The best thing you can do is head over to a website like Gadget Insurance Comparison and compare between policies and companies. With Gadget Insurance Comparison you can easily put in the details of the kind of policy you want and get quotes from different companies. With all of the details of different prices on one page you can easily compare between them all and work out who is the best company for you and your needs.

The Gadget Insurance Comparison website lets you compare all sorts of insurance policies, so whatever you need why not head over there today?

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