As the lockdown gets gradually lifted, I find myself in an unusual situation: it's already safe enough to shoot (I mostly shoot on location), but not safe enough to involve the whole team - makeup artist, hairstylist, and wardrobe stylist. As a fashion photographer, here's what I can do to still arrange a photoshoot:

Brook Shaden
  • In general, I am now taking a more fine-art direction. Think about the human body, its lines, its interaction with light, and use unintrusive clothes to not show too much skin.
  • Go into techniques - drone photography, underwater photography, smoke, remote photoshoots, gel filters, UV paint - pick a technique that inspires you and practice it with simple wardrobe (or even just face and bare shoulders)
  • Go into props - use butterflies, mirrors, cigarette, dust in the air, transparent fabric, and piece of plastic, which are all inexpensive but effective visual tools
  • Color it up - flowers, fruits, hand-painted objects and backdrop, utensils suspended in the air, a hand with cotton color nails, boiled eggs - take it to commercial style or surreal direction
  • Go into composing - it will require new Photoshop skills, but you can draw whatever you want after you learn it.
Daniel Serva

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