I traveled to Dubai this past weekend to attend the 2013 Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) event which is the biggest and only photography festival in the region. GPP attracts international photographers and instructors who come to Dubai to share their experience and knowledge with professional and amateur photographers.
March 2nd was a day dedicated to fashion photography and the organizers brought in New York based photographer, Lindsay Adler to provide the attendees with valuable information about getting started in fashion photography.
Lindsay started out by sharing the basics of fashion photography; from “Be creative to create beauty” to “Don’t take a photo, make a piece of art”, she revealed the golden rules to kicking off a career in fashion photography: shoot a new picture once a week, never be satisfied, always keep learning, get and accept outside critiques, don’t be emotionally attached to your pictures, and get inspired by others’ work.
The best part was when Linsday brought 2 stunning models on stage who were going to sit for portraits and model outfits by a local designer. She demostrated the importance of finding the right lighting to get the perfect picture, and took several pictures of the girls while being exposed to different forms of light. Later she showed different lighting effects on different parts of the garments the ladies were wearing.
After the live photoshoot, Lindsay actually photoshopped the images and I can honestly keep saying again and again how amazingly magical photoshop really is; pimples dissapear, eye lashes are enhanced, under-eye bags vanish, cheekbones are lifted, and the list goes on and on and on!
Linsday left us with a final piece of advice; define your style for no one remembers the “everything” photographer, so step outside your comfort zone and reveal the story behind your shot!
GPP is taking place from March 1-8, 2013 at the Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Center. If you’re still interested in taking part, visit www.gulfphotoplus.com for a rundown of the remaining activities.