With Singapore becoming a Fashion Hub and so many fashion shows happening all year round, it’s good to know some tips and tricks on fashion runway photography.
Here are my tips and some runway shots I took during the Audi Fashion Festival 2012 opening show by MUGLER.
TIP 1 – CHECK YOUR SHOTS & SETTINGS
We will usually not have the chance to do test shots before the runway show begins. So when the show starts, do check your first few shots and make sure the lighting and exposures are correct. Relax and don’t rush through things even it you missed a good shot on the first couple of models. At least when you get your settings right, the rest of your shots will be PERFECT.
Try to keep the shutter speed to 1/200 or faster to FREEZE that runway moment, if not, you might get motion blur caused by the moving models.
TIP 2 – SNAP AT THE RIGHT POSTURE
Take the example below: because I am standing on the left side of the stage, taking a shot when the model strides on her right foot will give her a more flattering and demure posture than the one on her left foot.
If you are standing on the right side of the stage, it will be her left foot, and if you are in the center, it doesn’t matter as much. So feel the beat of the music and wait for that right moment.
TIP 3 – FIND THE BEST LIGHTING
Usually on such a long runway the lighting may not be distributed evenly, so identify the best spot and wait for the model to walk into that zone and SNAP.
TIP 4 – TAKE FULL BODY SHOTS
Yes, sometimes close-up portrait shots are nice. But it’s best done without changing your settings as you may not have enough time to tune it back for the full body shot of the next model. Portrait shots may not show the full styling of the outfit on the model, so it is best to take only full body shots.
TIP 5 – GET THAT SEXY BACK
Some outfit may look okay from the front, but come with stunning details on the back. Do open your eyes and look out for these moments.
Tip 6 – FINALE
At the end of the runway show, all the models will usually march out in a single file for the finale. You will have to be fast and take your best shots before the first model turns. Depending on where you stand, you may be blocked by the returning models.
TIP 7 – DESIGNERS ARE IMPORTANT TOO
After the finale, standby you camera to point towards the entrance of the runway. This is the time where the designers will emerge to thank and receive applause from the audience. Some designers might pop out for just a few seconds and rush back in, so don’t miss this moment.