How to Do Fashion Photography with a Point-and-Shoot
You do not need a camera costing several thousand dollars to shoot fashion photography. An ordinary point-and-shoot camera will do just fine, and you can get the same type of photos which are expected out of a costly camera. Here are a few steps which will guide you through this process of getting outstanding fashion photos from your point-and-shoot.
Step 1: Gather Additional Equipment Which You Will Need
This will depend on your budget, but most of the following things are required to get professional looking photos. You will need flash units, which can be bought cheaply on eBay, a flash adapter with a cord, a tripod, a white umbrella, a black umbrella with a silver lining and a light meter. If you are working indoors and have cash to spare, you can invest in good helium light and a few reflectors used for fill.
Step 2: Setting up Your Equipment
This will depend on whether you are doing an indoor or outdoor shoot.
Indoors it is usually easy to set things up, as you have all the
electrical outlets and do not have to deal with factors like wind and so
on. In an outdoor shoot, you will have to rig up a few flash units
working on batteries with the white umbrella to get the desired effects.
You will also need to attach an adapter to the horse-shoe flash
attachment in your camera, which connects it to the flash units or light
source and gives you the ability to sync your shutter with the flash.
Step 3: Working with the Light Meter
You need to set the ISO and shutter speed readings to match those you have set on your camera and then attach the Light Meter cord to your flash unit and trigger it. This will give you the correct f-stop setting. You can also keep adjusting the intensity of your flash units to get the desired depth of field.
Step 4: Adjusting the Settings on Your Camera
- ISO: It is always advisable to set the ISO to the lowest you can, in your camera. An ISO 80 setting would be ideal, but if your camera does not have such low setting, do not go higher than ISO 200. A low ISO setting will ensure a good signal-to-noise ratio, which will bring about crisper images. However, such settings will require a powerful light source.
- Shutter Speed: Your shutter speed will depend on the intensity of your flash and the effect you want to create with the arrangement of the flash units around the model. You will also need to use reflectors to get the proper fill under the chin and other features of the model. If you have powerful lighting, then increasing the shutter speed to about 1/1000th would give you sharp images.
- F-Stop: As we are taking fashion photography, you would want the features of the face of the model in sharp focus and then immediately dropping focus. If you are not using a Light Meter, then a setting of f-2 would be ideal when the model is in a sitting position and you are taking a close-up. An f-5 setting or more is good when you are taking a full-length shot.