Professional Photographer to the Rescue: fashion photography without all the fuss

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: fashion photography without all the fuss

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post our pro shows our apprentice some simple studio lighting techniques and easy-to-follow portrait photography tips that will make an immediate difference in our apprentice’s fashion photography.

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: fashion photography without all the fuss

Meet our professional photographer

Dave Kai-Piper is one of the most exciting up-and-coming names in the world of fashion photography. Largely self-taught and based in the Midlands, he cut his teeth as a professional wedding photographer before focusing his cameras on the world of high fashion and beauty. Explore his pictures and read his blog at

Meet our apprentice

Bangladesh-born Manzur Fahim moved to the UK to study computing. Eight years later he now has a job as data security expert in Slough and is working on his PhD. As soon as he realised that computing had turned from a pastime into a profession he looked to photography as his new hobby. Aged 29, he has just traded up from his Nikon D7000 to a brand new D800 – and is keen to improve his beauty and fashion photography.

Technique Assessment

As Dave and Fahim finally got under way with the really fun part of the shoot – taking the pictures – Dave suggested the best way in which to set up his camera for the shoot:

Tips from our professional photographer: keep the aperture constant

Keep aperture constant
When shooting a fashion collection you need to keep the look consistent. One way to achieve this is to use the same aperture throughout. For this indoor shoot, which would be shot mainly with natural light, Dave suggested using an f-stop of f/2.8 wherever possible.

Tips from our professional photographer: colour space

Colour space
Fahim had the Color space in his Nikon D800’s Shooting Menu set to sRGB. Dave recommended that he switched this to the Adobe RGB option, as this means your picture is recorded with a wider range of colours, which is important if you are likely to print your pictures.

Tips from our professional photographer: use spot metering

Use spot metering
Dave always uses spot metering for his fashion photography, as the wide range of tones means that other modes aren’t suitable. You need to expose for the most interesting part of the shot. The clothes must look right – it’s not a problem if faces look too dark or too light.

PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: During the shoot
PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear


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