Photographing my First Fashion Event – Photo of the Week

My First Fashion Photography Event

Hadn’t done a Photo of the Week for a while but I decided to upload a few of these. This was my first Fashion Photography experience and one which I had to learn fast. First off, when you get a chance to do something like this, you have to jump at it even if you are not fully experienced in the area, you can always prepare in advance and learn fast at the event. 

I took some photos at the recent Mount Juliet Spring Salon Fashion Event – the first time I ever tried taking photos at something like this. The event was expertly staged and the luxurious setting of Mount Juliet House, only 20 minutes from Kilkenny was something very special.  The models came through fast, the lighting was subdued and at times was hard to meter for, and I found that I had to take each opportunity as it presented itself while models were walking through.  Two of the photos from the event are shown below. I’m fairly happy with the end result of these fashion photos as they come out well and even with limited light and very little time for in-camera setup.

Moody Lighting at Mount Juliet Fashion Event

The setup I had was, burst mode, ISO 800 with the Speedlite 430 EXII – I played around with a few lenses Tamron 10-24mm and even the standard 18-55mm. The Tamron has a temperamental attitude when it comes to auto-focus, especially if there is harsh or stray lighting coming into the lens.

 The best thing about taking photos at something like this is that you always learn something – one of which was that I probably need a softbox for the flash and probably a faster lens (Canon L-series lens if budget allows)! The fashion was mainly stylish “going-out” fashion but some sleepwear & loungewear items were on display later in the evening.

Fashion at Mount Juliet Fashion Event

I had read that some people disable Mirror Lock-up for sharper images  … but didn’t have a chance to try that!

Maybe next time! Please feel free to leave your comments below as regards your thoughts on the photos fro this fashion event.