Since I photograph clothes and accessories almost 24/7, the time has finally come to give you some advice on how to photograph accessories in fashion shoots like a pro.
How to Photograph Accessories Like a Pro
Oh yes, since I am a full-time photographer and part-time blogger I want to give you some tips on how to photograph accessories like a pro. You may remember on a previous post where I talked of the creative director and the 3 people working on a shoot (you – the photographer and this third person).
With Tommaso who took these images, it’s the 50-50 option: he is the photographer, I am the ‘model’ who gives him some instructions to follow. In the end, he also uses his creative eye, but not 100% of the time. Thank you.
Bearing this in mind, it was possible to have these images. The main focus of these images was the stars necklace as a protagonist. I was gifted this piece of jewellery in exchange for an Instagram picture so the main focus was the accessory, not my outfit or my hair.
How to Shoot Accessories
First of all think of the crop you want to have and tell your photographer or friend-photographer. Give them some guidelines.
- Use portrait images. (Full body images are too big to get details of such an object on you)
- Think of close-ups. (Read: take a lot of details images).
- Alternate these two types of images in order to have a more dynamic shoot
The Equipment to Take Close-Ups
Very easily you won’t need a fancy billion camera to do so. Also, your phone would do fine. Just focus on the image and by using your phone settings or your camera settings remember to keep the biggest aperture possible. From f/1.4 to almost f/4 you get that blurry background so that the focus is exactly where you want it to be: around the necklace.
f/1.4 – f/4
Then accordingly set the ISO and the shutter speed or use Aperture Priority mode, so that you only give the wanted f and the camera automatically sets the rest.
What I am Wearing: Rayban Round Sunnies / Primark Jacket /Brandy & Melville Knit / Pull&Bear Mom Jeans / Aphrodite Stars Necklace*
The tricky thing about accessories is that they are usually made of some metal material meaning they reflect anything: you, the sun or the camera.
Since we don’t want to Photoshop it all, let’s remember how staying slightly on one side of our object really help us not getting in the picture.
Read more tips on photography here
What to Wear when Shooting Accessories
Another quite interesting part is what to wear when shooting accessories. Since they are shiny, small but need attention, I would suggest playing monochrome or anything not loud.
Don’t wear super colourful dresses or anything that drives the attention away from our object. Play the easiest way possible. As you can see I was wearing a pair of white mom jeans a simple dark grey knit.
Let’s Recap How To Protograph Accessories like a Pro
This is a little recap of what you have learned from this post and you can immediately start using these tips. They will come naturally to you, I can assure you.
Take Portraits and Close-Ups Images
Set your camera or phone at the lowest f possible. < f/4
Shoot from one side, not directly to avoid direct reflection.
Now tell me: did you know something about this? I am sure you already did some of my tips without thinking. So now it’s time to go outside and take some photos!!
*The item has been gifted for review and photo purpose.