Each genre of photography comes with its own set of challenges and street style photography is no different. Your environment, equipment and subjects are just some of the factors making your job that little bit harder. Here are 7 tips we hope will make your life a little easier when shooting at fashion week.
Be aware of your environment. You don’t want the background to distract or clash with your subject so try to avoid bins, advertising and road signs from making an appearance by going for a soft, neutral setting.
Be patient. We’ve all been guilty of getting a little too excited when it comes to shooting street style, but take your time, you don’t need to shoot everybody. Try to be more understanding and intentional when choosing who to photograph.
Wear comfortable shoes. During fashion week you will be lugging your camera equipment all over the city from show to show, so make sure you wear some trainers!
Use your depth of field. This is what differentiates the professionals from the amateurs. Shoot with a shallow depth of field to blur the background and make your subject pop.
Build a rapport with your subject. A lot of people around fashion week are expecting to be photographed so don’t necessarily need to be asked. Engaging with your subject will make them more comfortable and will therefore get more out of them.
Take a step back. It’s not always beneficial to be in the fashion week bubble with the rest of the photographers and bloggers. Take a step back and try shooting more candidly to get the looks that no one else has.
Do it because you love doing it! Not because you want to be the next big blogger. Try doing something unique whilst shooting or editing to stand out from the pack.