Fashion Photography

Certificate & Diploma  (6month – 1year)

Fashion Photography Course Syllabus

The syllabus for Fashion Photography differs slightly at different institutes. The syllabus of the Fashion Photography course has been tabulated below:

Sub-topic Syllabus

History of Fashion

  • The origins of fashion
  • The role of photography in shaping fashion trends
  • Major historical movements in fashion photography
  • Society photographs of aristocrats, actresses and society models wearing their clothes in 1910
  • Chic
  • Neo-classicism of the 1930s
  • Fashion arrives in advertisements 1930s
  • Supermodel 1940’s
  • Dynamic location Photography 1940’s
  • Romantic/impressionistic
  • Modernism
  • Androgyny
  • Contemporary
  • The use of human sexuality in fashion and advertising photography
  • Role portrayal of strength or submission
  • Use of nudity in fashion, advertising, and fine art photography
  • Body image standards and self-image issues
  • The role of photography in changing cultural standards of body shape, perceptions of beauty, and the level of acceptance concerning the use of sexuality
  • Ethical considerations concerning body representation
  • Photographic masters and trendsetters.
  • Adolph De Meyer
  • Louise Dahl-Wolfe
  • Horst P. Horst
  • George Hoyningen-Huene
  • George Hurrell (Glamour)
  • Richard Avedon
  • Helmut Newton
  • David Bailey
  • Irving Penn
  • Contemporary and emerging photographers

Overview of Production

  • Composition through pose, propping, and scene elements
  • Make-up
  • Hair
  • Lighting patterns and effects
  • Hard light
  • Soft light
  • Contrast for mood and effect
  • Studio/location
  • Sensitivity, set and model considerations
  • Digital retouching
Fashion/Model Headshots
  • Pose
  • Expression
  • Applications of lighting
  • Lighting styles
  • Use of low and high key
  • Background selection

Working With Models and Figure Fashion

  • Pose
  • Visual mood
  • Black and white vs colour
  • Model portfolio requirements
  • Model promotion piece, “Zed Card”
Catalogue Fashion and Fashion in Advertising
  • Visual advertising
  • Model as a prop
  • The role of the stylist
  • Studio figure fashion
  • Location figure fashion
  • Non-figure fashion
  • Flats
  • Stacks
Fashion Still Life
  • Impact of product advertisement
  • Beauty point of purchase displays
  • Fashion and beauty products in advertising
  • Product lighting styles and techniques
  • Effective use of propping and background/surface materials
Image Retouching and Colour Correction
  • Colour corrections for proper skin tone
  • Colour corrections for accurate garment or object reproduction
  • Retouch methods for skin, eyes, and clothing
  • Advanced retouching techniques