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Old February 15th, 2017, 02:33 PM
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Tips For Shooting People In Formal Wear

Hello,

I am just wondering if any of you have time to help a beginner/amateur photographer shoot people in formal wear.

Whether it's weddings, graduations, business meetings, and other formal events...

1) Are there certain colors that look better on film?

2) Is it better to take photos inside or outside?

3) What camera did you start out with when you were a beginner?

Thanks for your help!
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Old February 16th, 2017, 10:12 AM
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Re: Tips For Shooting People In Formal Wear

You have a lot of stuff to learn and you raise some questions yourself.

1. Are you really using film? or are you using digital camera?, Digital is a much faster way to learn. In most cases you really won't have a choice of what color your subjects are wearing anyway.

2. Inside or outside presents different challenges. One may not be better than the other.
Outside requires you to deal with weather conditions and whatever the light may be like at the time you take your pictures, and you may need to learn how to use fill light with flash or reflectors or both.
Indoors will certainly require you to learn how to manipulate artificial light and reflectors.

3. Just about any DSLR will do for starting out with the subject matter you mention here.

My suggestion would be to get as much practice as you can by using a friend for a model, and shooting in various lighting conditions to get a feel for what you need to do. You can post your work here and get more specific suggestions for what you are doing at the time of the shoot.
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Old February 16th, 2017, 01:57 PM
cyandyepea cyandyepea is offline
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Re: Tips For Shooting People In Formal Wear

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Originally Posted by mrchile View Post
You have a lot of stuff to learn and you raise some questions yourself.

1. Are you really using film? or are you using digital camera?, Digital is a much faster way to learn. In most cases you really won't have a choice of what color your subjects are wearing anyway.

2. Inside or outside presents different challenges. One may not be better than the other.
Outside requires you to deal with weather conditions and whatever the light may be like at the time you take your pictures, and you may need to learn how to use fill light with flash or reflectors or both.
Indoors will certainly require you to learn how to manipulate artificial light and reflectors.

3. Just about any DSLR will do for starting out with the subject matter you mention here.

My suggestion would be to get as much practice as you can by using a friend for a model, and shooting in various lighting conditions to get a feel for what you need to do. You can post your work here and get more specific suggestions for what you are doing at the time of the shoot.
thanks for the detailed response.

To answer your question... I am using and plan on continuing to use a digital camera.
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Old February 24th, 2017, 12:21 AM
cyandyepea cyandyepea is offline
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Re: Tips For Shooting People In Formal Wear

Just as an update...

I have been experimenting with shooting outside since I know nothing about artificial light at this point, and don't want to spend money on reflectors yet. Basically I'm going for a look that is often seen in fashion magazines, some even being action shots, but taken outside. Also, I want to have an online gallery where I take still shots like MensWearhouse did with their big and tall models here on the main image of the page.

Anyway... once I have pics I'm confident enough to share, I'll be sure to post them here. Stay tuned...
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