Innovative Fashion Photography Techniques

What do you get when you combine an octopus, a fashion model, and a nice camera? A Ben Von Wong photo shoot, of course. Von Wong is at it again, innovating with a camera and some interesting props, this time with friend and fashion model Jen Brook to contribute to her personal Dreamcatcher project:

“The lighting for Jen’s shot had to look natural, yet cinematic. We shot using hypersync, so that it could shoot at a shallow aperture, with flashes firing at over 1/1,000 of a second. To add a bit of dimension to the flat, overcast lighting streaming in through the clouds, a simple light washing down from the trees from an octobox did just the job.”

photography project with octopus

After they had captured the shot Jen was after, Ben pulled out some props to get a couple creative shots of his own. The first, a shipwreck scene, was set with a few pieces of old wood and metal and a distinctive red lantern. However, since the shoot was happening during the day, but the mood of the shoot required a dark and stormy appearance, he used a 3-stop ND (neutral density) filter.

shipwreck concept photography

Ben continued his story with the next shot, showing a shipwrecked maiden in a flowing white nightgown venturing out into the night, red lantern in hand. Again, to achieve the right mood, he used his ND filter, using the same strobe in the first photo to add some light back in, but also adding an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra with an orange gel to imitate the light supposedly coming from the lantern. In post-production, he added in the lantern glow and some rain streaks to complete the effect.

castaway concept photography

Von Wong used a Nikon D800E and Nikkor 24-70mm and 70-200mm f2.8 lenses.

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4 responses to “Innovative Fashion Photography Techniques”

  1. Mike Penney says:

    Do photos like these sell clothing? I doubt it.
    Replace “innovative” with “silly” and you have it I think…

  2. Jen Brook says:

    Mike….in answer to your comment, the clothing most certainly was not for sale – it was a one off vintage piece of my own from the 1930’s. The shot itself was just for fun. You should try it :)

  3. Bill G says:

    Yes the photos sell the clothing once you look past the theatrics in the photos. What is more surprising is the cost of the clothing does not stop the buying

    It says it was shot with a Nikon 800E and 24-70, some outfits make that pricing pocket change.


  4. I believe that we all have the ability to create images that are not the norm or really have any meaning but to do it, just because we can. Great work! inspiring and it says that you have great creativity.

    I am a corporate photographer and admit that I wish I could think more creatively but either I can’t or I am too consumed with corporate photography.

    I hope I can break this habit and just be creative. Any ideas?

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