10 Fashion Photographers You Should Be Following

Here is a list of my absolute favourite fashion photographers right now. The photographers that I most look forward to seeing new images, following their evolution and sourcing inspiration from their creativity and style!

10 Fashion Photographers You Should Be Following

  1. Jeff Tuliniemi: From his cyan-tinged editorials to his moody polaroids, I start this list with the not-so-local, local guy. I met Jeff a couple of years back when I first started with a camera and he just oozed positivity, creativity and class. His colour-grading alone puts him head and shoulders above most. My personal favourites of Jeff's work is his editorial "Moonlit Reminiscence", featured in Flawless Magazine. www.jtuliniemi.com
  2. Khoa Bui: Woodland Hills, California based photographer and cinematographer was actually brought to my attention by Jeff Tuliniemi. His audacious styling, ridiculous colour work and out-there wide angles create some of the most grabbing and bold images and videos that can be found anywhere! www.khoabui.com
  3. Glenn Norwood: The king of gels. I found Glenn on instagram a year or so back and have found myself scrolling through his back catalogue more than a few times since. Every piece of new work coming from Glenn somehow manages to both hold his edgy style but also remain fresh and exciting. Harder than you'd think! www.norwoodphotography.co.uk
  4. Michael Woloszynowicz: Maybe known more for his beauty work or retouch videos than his fashion work, Michael's a lighting master and has a portfolio full of effortless, simple elegance. The Toronto-based wizard has a fantastic tutorial with RGGedu that I can highly recommend! www.vibrantshot.com
  5. Emily Soto: The reason I photograph people rather than landscapes! I stumbled upon Emily's soft and beautiful fashion portraits on youtube and was instantly sure that this was the kind of work I wanted to chase! In recent years, her work has moved more towards film, polaroids and vintage lenses, all whilst keeping her distinguished and delicate style. www.emilysoto.com
  6. Sophie Black: A very recent find on 500px, I cannot recommend enough that you spend an hour really going through everything that Sophie has to offer. I cannot even describe her style as there are so many twists and turns, stylistic variances and moods galore. Go and check her work out right now! www.500px.com/sophieblack
  7. Voodica: Another 500px find, Polish photographer and retoucher Voodica is another chameleon of many a style, but at their very best when creating beautiful, painterly portraits. The amazing part of their work is that whilst there are many photographers out there that work within this style, Voodica's work always stands above the rest. A masterclass in expression, styling and composition. voodica.tumblr.com
  8. Alessandro Di Cicco: You have already seen a lot of Alessandro's work, even if you don't realise it. www.diciccophotography.com
  9. Maryna Khomenko: A fantastical mix of fine art and simplicity. I have a real hatred for the word "conceptual" when applied to photography, mainly due to it being tacked on to anyone who repeats the tired old cliche's stolen from other parts of popular culture whilst a whispy ginger model "levitates" in a field. However, Maryna has some stunning takes on expanding simple ideas and executes them with class and grace. Beautiful work! www.500px.com/manirka
  10. Adamo de Pax: Another Canadian genius whose work beams with warmth and attitude. As with so many amazing fashion photographers, Adamo is a colour grading master who takes seemingly simple lighting and creates genuine drama and beauty. His commercial work is a masterclass on the subject and his beauty work is just so damn cool! www.adamodepax.com

Hopefully this has introduced you to some new names and portfolios to inspire and drive you forward! 

Who would you recommend? Tell me in the comments. 

Cheers

K

10 tips to help with image selection

So I thought I would start using this blog to post helpful tips and advice on subjects that perhaps get overlooked, great photographers that you should be following and even talking about gear techniques.

A question I have been asked on workshops and online a fair bit recently is how to narrow down images from a shoot and select only the best. What will make you stand out, minimise unnecessary editing time and help towards a striking and effective portfolio.

So with that in mind, here are...

 

 

10 tips to help with image selection

  1. Expression Is Everything: First and foremost, if you are photographing portraits, fashion etc. the expression of your model is so overlooked. It is the most important aspect as this is where your viewer will connect the most with the image and if the expression doesn't suit the image or is completely uninterested, it would be hard to blame the viewer for not taking much interest themselves.
  2. Focus Is A Close Second: If you have an image with everything going for it, lighting, composition, styling and great expression but the focus is a near miss, you may be able to get away with it. After all, focus isn't everything (despite what you've heard in the bowels of troll-infested forums). But with that said, it is obviously ideal to nail the focus as an image being slightly out could cause a distraction. That said, I would rather have great expression and slightly missed focus than tack sharp boredom.
  3. Shoot Less: One thing that will help with boring your subject and killing their expressions effectiveness is to avoid taking 300 images per set. It is a myth (an understandable one, but a myth nonetheless) that taking more images will increase your hit rate. Your subject will find it very hard t stay interested if they have been standing for 45 minutes whilst you machine-gun them into oblivion. Especially if you're the quiet type. Try an limit yourself to a small number of shots so that once you're happy with the light and theme, every frame will be far more valuable!
  4. Pre-Visualise The Image Before The Shoot: This one is simple; know roughly what you want the image to look like before you take the shot. I have found it best to avoid the "let's see what happens" approach. There will always be room for creative chaos, but having an idea beforehand means you'll know when you've got what you wanted.
  5. Wait Before Editing: If you edit immediately after the shoot, you will have a natural inclination to pick the images you have the most emotional attachment to. Whilst in things like wedding work this can actually be very helpful, it is best to have an impartial eye for what is best photographically.
  6. Set Restrictions: Only allow yourself to select 2-3 images from each set. Unless you are shooting something for commercial purposes or an editorial, any more than this is just a bit pointless and a waste of editing time. You are only as strong as the weakest image, so only pick the strongest.
  7. Diptychs Are A Great Cheat: I use diptychs to navigate the above as best I can by pairing two images together as one. It's also a great way to fill the screen when working with portrait orientated images.
  8. Bare Your Portfolio In Mind: Do you need all these images if there is already the same image 50 times on your website etc.? Whilst I am a massive advocate for developing a clear style, having a ton of images from several shoots that are too similar will create a massive sense of boredom within your portfolio.
  9. Ask The Subject: As a photographer, you are most likely looking at which image is photographically best, which is great. But your subject will see the image in a totally different way. So ask them which they prefer and why. Don't be offended or surprised at which they pick, just use it as a learning experience. Plus, sometimes you may just want to ignore them anyways! 
  10. Select Something Different: Lets say you shot a set where half the time you were shooting headshot and the other half you were shooting three-quarter length shots. Well pick the strongest headshot and the strongest three-quarter. There will be almost no need for multiple headshot of the same person, in the same light, shot in the same way. 

Hopefully that helps, please feel free to leave a comment with your tips or of what you would like me to discuss next. 

Have a nice day!

K

New Years Revolution / 2016 in 5

2016 was a year of famous people expiring far too early, of surprising & world changing political votes. Of terror, fear, hate and new Star Wars.

It was also a year of fairly rapid growth for me in a business sense and as I am just about starting my fourth year as a photographer, I am infinitely excited by the possibilities of what comes next!

So what has playing with a camera for 4 years taught me? Mostly how unimportant the camera is when photographing people! 

I have spent the last two years running workshops and tuition sessions on everything from basic lighting to marketing, and whilst I am a self-proclaimed learner at just about anything and everything in life & an expert in absolutely nothing, I cannot help but make some observations on what banana skins there are for people to go out of their way to slip on! If you want to dedicate your life to a creative medium, in my case photography, immersion is a must. But where it all falls apart for so many is that the lure of immersion in either convenience or consumerism!

So if you're a photographer working hard to cut out your own space in this congested and demanding world and you haven't made your new years resolution just yet, please consider this;

1. You won't become a better photographer through laziness or making excuses for yourself!

2. No piece of equipment on this Earth is the difference between you being a day-1-amateur and becoming a master of your craft! Nothing you can buy will do that! 

The mentality that you can excuse yourself for not giving 100% or that you are incapable of producing better work without spending money is everything wrong with modern artistic ideals. We live in the most advanced time ever to do anything, fact! It is infinitely easier to produce art and expose the world to that work than it ever has been. You have no reason to not be improving at an exponential rate with everything you have available to you, right now! 

If you aren't where you want to be in your photography right now, it is entirely your own fault! The fact that I am not where I want to be is entirely my own fault! And that is the most exciting part to me in all of this.

So quit your whining, moaning, bitching and excuses, take a really hard look at your work & your excuses, and attack 2017 the way 2016 attacked celebrities!

With all of that said, here are my five favourite images from 2016 (in order 1-5)

And I fully intend on producing so much better work in the coming year, that these aren't even in my portfolio! 

Happy New Year everybody