Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Chris Gatcum, author of Light and Shoot 50 Fashion Photos
|Chris Gatcum |
Dear Amazon Readers,
Fashion is one of photography's fastest moving genres, reflecting an industry that by its very nature needs to reinvent itself on a continual basis. As a result, fashion photography is also one of the most exciting and "open" genres, offering a much greater opportunity for creative expression and experimentation than many of the other subjects we are likely to turn our lenses on. However, ideas and inspiration don’t necessarily "just happen." It is often the case that looking at other people's work will spark something, whether it's a certain way in which someone has been lit, the overall styling or "mise en scene," or something else altogether.
With this in mind, my aim with this book was simple: to collect and present a selection of stunning fashion images that would be guaranteed to inspire, regardless of whether they came from world-renowned professionals such as Miles Aldridge, Raul Higuera, Perou, or Rankin, or were produced by relatively "unknown" image-makers. This search has taken me around the globe (at least in terms of internet travel), calling in on both established names and relative newcomers.
But this is far more than a diverse showcase of exceptional photographs. The photographers involved have also taken the time to explain how
they went about creating their image(s). This willingness to share what are in some instances "trade secrets" is what I feel sets this book apart from its peers, and it is something for which I am deeply grateful. So thank you to everyone featured for agreeing to play a part in this project. It wouldn't have happened without you. Thanks also to you, the reader. I hope this book helps you in some way, no matter how small.
"This is the inspirational and practical guide to shooting fashion in a wide range of settings and styles, with emphasis on the use of lighting, rather than digital processing, to create a specific feel and look. The fashion genres of photography is arguably the most challenging and competitive. Also, fashion is the subject that most students want to specialize in.Some of the images in this fully illustrated book you will love more, some maybe less, but all these images have a "spark", something inspirational. This book offers you the techniques that you can use to create your shots."--NeoPopRealismJournal.com
"This book is an inspirational and practical guide to shooting fashion in a wide range of styles and settings, with emphasis on the use of lighting, rather than digital processing, to create a specific look and feel. Photography is all about light. Of all the genres of photography, fashion is arguably the most challenging and very competitive. And fashion is the subject that most students want to specialize in. The photography constantly evolving and redefining itself, and inherently more open to experimentation and personal expression than many other genres. Some of the images in this book you will love more, some maybe less, but all of them have a "spark", something that inspires you. This title offers the techniques that you can borrow to create your shots."--Wonderpedia.WetPaint.com
"This book is an asset to any bookshelf but really should be a table book. There are 50 artsy pictures taken by impeccable photographers. The make-up on these models is fabulous, and the clothing creates scenes from different eras, but lighting is the key enabling us to see the beauty. Light creates mood, and fashion photographers are highly skilled at utilizing it - as these pictures expose. This book is an inspirational and practical guide to shooting fashion in a wide range of styles and settings with the emphasis on the use of lighting, rather than digital processing, to create a specific look or feel. Some of the images tap into your creativity, while others may not be for you, but one thing for sure: all of these pictures are exciting and dramatic. It is easy to focus on the eyecatching models, but it's hard to imagine these photos without the exceptionally skilled photographers who control the fashion shoot."--City Book Review.com