Fashion photography is still a profession whose services are widely sought after, despite the fact that almost everybody today has a camera on their cell phone. Fashion photography is not just a matter of pointing a camera and clicking, it is far more complicated than that and so requires, not just a talented photographer with the right equipment but also someone that has a keen eye and a talent for organizing. Although for many people, being a fashion photographer may seem like a glamorous job as they think that they spend the day surrounded by beautiful people and, to a certain extent that is true but only for the actual shoots. There is a lot of other work that a fashion photographer has to do before the shooting can actual start though and it is that side of the job which is perhaps almost as challenging as taking the photographs. Having seen the fashion items to be photographed, the photographer will have to decide on the location which would best show off the fashions in their best light. Although some fashions may be able to be photographed in the photographer’s studio, others may not and an outside location has to be found. Of course, when it comes the time for the shoot to actually take place, the photographer will have to ensure that where ever that may be, make-up artists and hair stylists are present to work their magic with the models. In order to take photographs of the fashions which will make them look their best, lighting may have to be adjusted and although this may not be too hard in their studio where they have all the necessary lighting kits, for outdoor locations it can be far more difficult. As the quality of the photographs can make all the difference between a new fashion trend and a flop, the designers have to have a great deal of trust in their chosen fashion photographers. This trust of course is not earned easily and so to become a top fashion photographer, you will probably have to of had many years’ experience in the photo business.
Although professional portrait photographers may not face as many problems as a fashion photographer, they also need years of experience to reach the top of their profession. In order to take the best portrait photographs, the photographer should ideally have their own studio or, if they don’t have one, they should rent one. Although a portrait photograph could be taken outdoors, most people would prefer them in a studio setting with a chosen backdrop. As the photographer is familiar with the studio and the different backdrops, they will know the best combination of lighting to use in order to achieve the best results. As most of a portrait photographer’s clients will want several photos to place in a portfolio, a usual session with a professional portrait photographer will last 2 to 3 hours after which, the client should receive 4 or 5 fully edited portrait photographs whish are to a very high standard.