Fashion Photography Tips from Rio Motret – Rio Motret is one of the most well-known professional photographers in Indonesia, Rio MOtret has often been used, from models to artists.
Fashion photography plays an important role in the entertainment and fashion industry. Without the ability to process images, there would be no beautiful portraits that often adorn magazine pages or advertising billboards on the street. One of the well-known fashion photographers in Indonesia is Rio Wibowo or better known as Rio Motret.
Rio is a professional photographer who is a favorite of Indonesian artists and celebrities. Through the Nikon Online Learning Program which was held online last Saturday (25/4), Rio also shared his story as a fashion photographer. Listen, let’s!
1. Prepare the “combat equipment” in advance
Before starting the execution, of course we need to prepare the gear first. The three main Rio cameras are the Nikon Z7, D850 and D750. Meanwhile, the lenses that Rio uses most often to shoot fashion and portraits are 24-70mm, 50mm, 85mm and 35mm.
Meanwhile, Rio’s favorite lighting accessory is a beauty dish. There is also a standard reflector and octabox. For those who want to start as a fashion photographer, Rio suggests having a reflector. Besides being able to reflect light and make photos softer, reflectors are very light and easy to carry everywhere.
2. Then, draft your photo
Next, draft your photo concept. This concept consists of a mood board, model, set up, make up, wardrobe and accessories. According to Rio, we can create any concept, because we can freely work and express something in the form of fashion photos. This photo can be made into blur, grain, black & white, or vintage, according to the desired concept and still look artistic.
This mood board is made in the form of a picture collage. For example, if we want to take pictures with a silver concept, then look for inspiration for make-up, wardrobe and similar colored accessories. Then, adjust the hair do and photo background.
3. Choose a model that can convey this concept well
The next step, choose a model that can convey your concept well. According to Rio, a model does not have to be beautiful or handsome, but must match the character you are looking for. For example, the concept that was delivered was fierce, so look for a model that has certain facial characteristics such as a firm jaw or sharp eyes.
Meanwhile, male models tend to have masculine characters. As a result, lighting adjustments need to be made, for example, made dramatic, with harsh lighting, dark skintones and shadow. Of course, this is only a general description, because you can create a concept where women look masculine or men emphasize their feminine side.
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4. In order not to get bored, don’t use a plain background too often
After the concept is obtained, let’s move on to the set up. Rio suggested that we decorate the set up according to the concept. Because, if you only rely on a plain background, we will quickly get bored. So, what is Rio’s suggestion for the set up and background decoration?
To take portraits, we don’t need to set up too big, just 1×1 meter in size. Another way is to tear the background or throw the cloth to get around it so it doesn’t look boring. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, really!
5. Do not forget the wardrobe, accessories and make up, so that the photos look “telling”
According to Rio, the wardrobe is the strongest supporting element in fashion photography. He gave an example of the Pandawa Lima photo concept which involved several Indonesian actors. In the photo, you can see a wardrobe in the form of traditional Javanese clothing combined with batik cloth as a subordinate. Not to forget, bows and arrows to reinforce the concept of the photo.
So, where did the costumes come from? According to Rio, we don’t have to buy, but we can borrow from designers. You can also borrow clothes from students majoring in fashion design.
If the clothes you need are simple and can be purchased on the market, Rio suggests buying them. And of course, don’t forget to mention the brand or designer when the photos are uploaded to social media, as a token of appreciation.