A STYLISH SETUP
Once you have an idea of the story you’re trying to tell, then it’s time to get yourself kitted out. Essentially, all you need to get started is a camera, a light source, several light reflectors, and a subject – then you’re good to go. Don’t feel like you need to spend a ton of money to get state-of-the-art kit, you can achieve the same desired look with a little creativity and know-how.
Now, to begin, you’ll need the essentials, such as a high-resolution camera and lens. An ideal lens to use would be a medium angle telephoto lens that has a range starting from at least 50mm to 100mm. Tripods are also an essential piece of kit, especially if you want to spend time perfecting the lighting on your subject you’ll need to keep your camera still and steady. If using a backdrop, be sure to use one that complements your subject and doesn’t clash with the outfit or item.
Once you have everything in place, this is when the real work begins. Slowly tweak your equipment and settings until you get your desired look and ambience. Whether you are photographing with natural lighting outdoors or studio lighting indoors, experiment with different kinds of lighting and see what works best. There are no definitive rules when it comes to the camera settings, but a fast shutter speed is required if you want to capture sharper and crisper images of your subject, and a slower shutter speed is better if you want to capture some dynamic motion. It is also ideal to shoot in raw, allowing you to have more creative freedom when it comes to post-production.