Fashion Week – Day 1: Background/Setting is Key

One of the elements that adds impact to the picture in the previous post is the totally cool background. I chose it after driving around Queens, New York for three hours – checking out different backgrounds and settings for the model shoot.

The "hip" wall was perfect for the shoot, because it complemented the "hip" model. What's more, the wall was in the shade, which made controlling the light easier than had the wall been in harsh sunlight.

Positioning the model in just the right spot took some time, because I wanted the viewer's attention to go directly to the model's face.

You see my basic lighting setup in the behind-the-scenes photograph. Basic lighting is tomorrow's topic.

Explore the light,

P.S. Here are three more examples of how the background/setting complements the subject. Your assignment: Find a background that complements the subject, take a shot, and post a link in the Comments section of this post.

I guess I have a thing for graffiti!