After a long hiatus, I was finally given a chance to shoot street fashion once again. This time, however, it was a high fashion photoshoot that combined with street style featuring Cameron, a model from London, UK. We decided to take on the latest street fashion trend, which was set against the backdrop of Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. This is my first time shooting with a male model, and I quite like the shoot. The previous KL street fashion shoot was held in the same area.
I’ve always believed that street or high fashion photoshoot looks amazing when photographed in urban downtown areas with towering skyscrapers in the background. There’s something about the combination of fashion and architecture that creates an intriguing visual dynamic. It was no surprise then that Bukit Bintang was the perfect location for this high fashion shoot.
We scouted the area beforehand, looking for the best spots to capture the perfect shots. I was on the lookout for interesting backgrounds that would complement the fashion. We found several locations that we thought would work, and we set out to start the shoot.
As we began to work, I couldn’t help but marvel at the transformation of street fashion into high fashion. Cameron looked stunning in every shot, and the urban surroundings only made him stand out even more. The dynamic energy of the city was reflected in fashion and brought out the best in our photo shoot.
A high fashion shoot typically involves a team of professionals, including a photographer, model, stylist, hair, and makeup artist, and creative director. The shoot is usually conducted in a studio or on location, and the objective is to capture the latest trends and styles in the fashion industry.
The photographer will work closely with the creative director to plan the shoot, including the concept, lighting, and composition. The stylist will select the clothing, accessories, and props used in the shoot. The hair and makeup artist will work with the model to create the desired look for the shoot.
For this shoot, there is nothing special about it that involved any makeup artist, stylist, or creative director, as it was just a simple agreement with the model. The model is really good at posing, making most of my photos turn out well. I don’t have to pose the model myself, which eases me with the shoot. Kudos to Cameron.
The Gear For High Fashion Photoshoot
When I planned my high fashion photoshoot, I had originally intended to use an on-camera flash under the bright sunlight. However, things did not go as planned, as the flash was out of battery. I was left with no other option but to shoot using natural light.
To be honest, I actually love working with natural light, and I was using my Fujifilm X-T4 camera with a Fujinon XF35mm F2 lens for this shoot. However, I couldn’t help but wish that I had a wider lens, preferably 23mm or wider, for full-body fashion shots. The 35mm felt a bit too tight for a fashion shoot, but I had to make do with what I had since I wanted to keep my gear lightweight and easy to carry around.
I considered using a softbox with a stand to enhance the lighting, but I knew it would draw too much attention to the shoot location in Bukit Bintang. This would have made me uncomfortable, so I opted to work with the natural light available instead. Despite the initial setback, I was able to make the most out of the natural lighting and capture some amazing shots for the high fashion shoot.
Edited Photos Or Film Simulation Recipes?
As a creator of Fujifilm film simulation recipes, most of the time, I still use them for most of my shoots, whether it’s for streets or portraits. This saves me editing time, but I’ll still use Photoshop to touch up minor stuff, such as dodge & burn, removing blemishes, etc. This high fashion photoshoot was shot with the latest SOOC JPEG film recipes called ‘High Fashion‘ which give a magazine style of color tone and not to forget the film-like papurudorimu, and I like the high contrast characteristic of the Classic Negative film simulation. It really makes most of the photos shine!
As this is just a fun and casual fashion shoot, minimal adjustment of exposure is made using the Fujifilm X RAW Studio, and most are shot SOOC JPEG.
Experiment with the High Fashion Shoot Angles
I am not an expert in fashion shoots, but I applied most of my portrait photography knowledge and experimented with a lot of low angles for this shoot. It turned out great! I hope that it will be much better if I have a wider lens. Well, I hope one day I’ll get the Viltrox 23mm F1.4, as this will hit the sweet spots for shooting high fashion photoshoot. The model height is tall, and probably need a wider angle lens to cover but using the 35mm is still good when shooting at a lower angle.
A low angle photoshoot is a photographic technique where the camera is positioned lower than the subject being photographed. This technique is often used in photography to create a unique perspective and add interest to an image. To achieve a low angle photoshoot, you can either crouch down or place the camera on the ground. Most of the time, I won’t put the camera on the ground but slightly a few centimeter from the ground.
In conclusion, shooting street fashion in urban downtown areas can produce some truly stunning results. This is another fashion shoot that turned high fashion without any expectation, thanks to the model. The recent high fashion photoshoot with Cameron, set against the backdrop of Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, was a great opportunity to capture the fashion style. I look forward to more opportunities to capture the beauty of fashion against the backdrop of the urban landscape.
If you are interested in a similar street fashion shoot with me in Kuala Lumpur, drop me a message on my IG @equilibrium.tt or book a photoshoot session with me.