Fashion Photography: Tips from a Fashion Week Pro

photo: Jamie Beck / From Me To You

“When I first started there were 6-7 photogs shooting the shows. Vogue, WWD, NYT, the top publications. Before you had to be with a magazine or newspaper but now it has changed,” Condé Nast photographer Robert Mitra tells New York-based photographer Jamie Beck in a great interview on Beck’s site, From Me To You, about the realities of working the Fashion Week “pit” for 25 years.

If you follow fashion week photography, you know that saying “it has changed” is an understatement. These days, everyone from solo street style bloggers to online publications big and small are firing off photos of the runways and the beautiful people in the front rows from New York Fashion Week all the way through the final shows in Paris. And of course they’re doing so on DSLRs and iPhones alike, with Instagram shots uploaded in real time often serving as the public’s first views of the collections.

In the behind the scenes interview, Mitra lists his gear of choice (Canon 1D Mark IV, 70-200mm lens, monopod) in addition to sharing his tips for capturing candid backstage shots of the models and discussing why he shoots JPG rather than RAW. Check out the full interview on From Me To You.


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