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The emphasis in fashion photography does not lie on the garments, but on the mood and styling of the image. The garments are merely an accessory to convey a certain lifestyle. Therefore, the whole image is much more complex. You usually won't see plain white or off-white backgrounds in fashion photography and the models are usually styled very dramatically with thick eyeliners, dramatic eye shadows, etc. With the increased complexity in styling also comes an increased complexity in lighting to make the image look more dramatic. Here's some fabulous examples:
Dark Angel. by zemotion fantasy by SabrinaCichy Liaisons by retrodiva88


Photography > Commercial > Fashion

Commercial fashion photography predominantly sells a product. Hence, the emphasis of the whole shoot is on the product. That means that the lighting, the styling, and the background are usually very plain (not in a bad way). Think of catalog shoots where the models is standing in front of a white or an off-white background with maybe one light above camera and slightly to either side of the camera, and very natural looking make-up. Here's some great examples:

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jannickefish Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student Photographer
wow, thank you so much for this! i would like to get more in depth with fashion photography, and this little guide helped me a lot. :D
Reilune Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
But the make-up is intense in all the photo's... I'm still slightly confused.. but I think I grasp the general concept.
FrenetikFred Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for taking the time to set the situation clear :)
Rushy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
I see you aren't wasting your 'Gallery Moderator' time. :thumbsup:
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November 20, 2010


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