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Making Accessories Pop with the Strike a Pose Lightroom Bundle

Shooting street fashion can be fun. However, often pictures don’t turn out quite the way you imagined. By using the Sleeklens Strike a Pose Lightroom bundle you can make amazing pictures that really emphasize the fashion accessories of a great outfit.

The best strategy to getting impactful shots of fashion accessories is setting up the frame. When shooting, try to frame your shot around the object you want to highlight. Then, in post-production, it’s easier to showcase the accessories. The following guide will help you edit common fashion accessories in Lightroom to make them pop.

Purses

Purses are a great starting point for shooting accessories. Almost every woman carries one around. Also, readers and editors are looking for great shots of high-fashion purses. Because of their size, they are easy to get great pictures of, even at a distance. When using the Strike a Pose Lightroom bundle to edit purses, you’ll want to focus on their color. Not only will the color catch a viewer’s eye, but it’s the best thing you can portray through an image. A picture can’t tell show someone the fabric or strength of a purse, but the color can sway the mind of a would-be buyer.

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We made the purse in the above example pop using the Sleeklens Strike a Pose bundle. For the Base category, we used the Cool Portrait to help lighten up the photo. We then used the Dark Shadow setting in the Exposure category. This setting helped lighten the edges and curves of the bag to make the colors more visible. When it came to the Color Correct category, we reduced the greens to make the reds of the circles pop. Next, we used the Bronze Tone in the Tone/Tint category to bring out the yellow of the purse’s background. Finally, you’ll always want to use Color Pop in the Polish category when editing purse photos to help bring out your previous work.

Bracelets and Necklaces

Bracelets and Necklaces are hard to photograph. Not everyone wears them, and good ones can be hard to spot while on the street. Most jewelry will be in a silver or gray color. Some can have color to them. However, when editing photos with the Sleeklens Strike a Pose Lightroom bundle, you want to focus on the shine. Making a bracelet or necklace glisten in a photo will catch the viewer’s eye and draw their attention to your work.

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Here, we used the Strike a Pose bundle to help make the bracelets in this picture pop. For the base, we used the Cinematic Portrait preset to bring a general light, gold tone to the picture. We then reduced the reds in the Color Correction section to tone down the skin and the fingernails. This helped draw attention away from the other colors and help create focus on the gold. We further brought out the gold in the bracelets by using the Golden Glow preset in the Tone/Tint category. Finally, we polished the image up with the soften preset. This preset lowered the contrast of the image, softening the edges of the bracelet and giving them a gentle glow.

Hats

Hats are fun to shoot because there are so many different styles. Big floppy hats make for fun photos and short stylish hats are great for more formal photos. Editing hats using Strike a Pose works well when you focus on the shape of the hats. Defining the lines of a hat and their relationship to a person’s head can help make your image better. People are more likely to look at hats when they are highlighted. This is especially true for smaller hats that may get drowned out by the rest of the outfit.

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When it came to editing the picture for the hat, the main focus was creating lines. Lines in an image draw attention to where you want the focus to be. The presets in the Sleeklens Strike a Pose bundle helped focus on the hat. For the Base section, we used Hide-and-Seek. This created a highlight in a diagonal line in the background and pulled the attention to the center of the image, near the hat. Next, we reduced both the blues and reds in the image. This toned down the pattern on the girl’s outfit and helped pull the focus from the dress to the hat. We polished the image up with the Sharp Contrast preset to help outline the hat’s shape. Finally, we added the Black Dreamy vignette. This move toned down the background and helped pull the attention towards the girl and her hat.

As long as you can get a good framing for an accessory, you can get a great image. Even if the image you take doesn’t turn out well, you can use the Sleeklens Strike a Pose workflow to make it perfect. By popping color and focusing on the shape of accessories, your street fashion photos can look amazing with only a little bit of time spent editing.

Street Fashion in Post-Production Using Runway Fashion Bundle

You went out one weekend and got a lot of great shots of street fashion for your blog or portfolio. Then you got home and realized that the sun was in the wrong position, or the streetlight cast odd shadows across the clothes, or the colors just don’t look as bright as they did in person. What do you do now?

This is a common problem with any kind of photography, and making sure the fashion looks good is important to look professional. There are a lot of great post-production things you can use, and the Sleeklens Runway Fashion presets are an excellent way to create the effects that you want.

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All In One

Of the 11 different preset categories in the Sleeklens Runway Fashion bundle, the All In One category is the most effective for quick and easy edits. It’s also great to help give your photos a unitary work without having to take a bunch of extra spaces. The All in One category will add a combination of the remaining categories into one stunning looking picture.

Basic Correction

The basic correction category is useful for fixing common errors that occur with shooting outside. The different presets can help correct the issues caused by bad lighting or other uncooperative weather. Before messing around with any of the other settings, make sure to get your photograph to a good base setting using these corrections.

adding the Basic Corrections Auto Focus Adjustment to brighten the picture

Highlights and Shadows

If the corrections still couldn’t bring out the specific colors you wanted, or the shadows cast by the sun are still wreaking havoc on your picture, the highlights and shadows category can help liven up your picture. The various presets in the picture will allow you to choose certain colors and have the program find them in the picture and brighten them. This will help make the colors of your clothes really pop, drawing the attention to the street fashion.

Smart Contrast and Sharpening

These two categories work well to help define the lines of your picture. Using these in their various states (weak-strong) will allow you to make up for any hazy outcomes, produced by camera shake or cloudy days.

adding the Smart Contrast medium to help define the clothing

Hue/Color

The fifth category in the Sleeklens Runway Fashion bundle is excellent for bringing out and putting away color. Selecting a color in this category can either hide or brighten the color, depending on the preset. This is useful for bringing out the color of clothes that still shy away after the highlights and shadows. It also helps tone down the colors of the background to bring more attention to the fashion.

Matte, Vignette, and Film Grain

When all of your basic corrections are done, it’s time to have some fun. Now that your picture looks right, you can add your own unique style to it. This is where you can choose specific options to help make all of your photos look unique to you, and part of a collection. Whereas the other presets and dependent on the picture itself, you can generally choose any of the matte, vignette, or film grain options on any photo to help make it fit your style. Of course, some of the options may clash with your corrections, but generally they will fit to most pictures.

Black and White

There’s more to turning a picture black and white than just removing the color. Colors are shades of light, more or less depending on the spectrum. So when you turn your photo black and white, you’re depending on your computer to suss out what is what shade of black or gray. The different presets in the Sleeklens Runway Fashion bundle can help make sure that your picture looks the proper kind of black and white. This is a great option to choose if the color of your street fashion meshes with the style, and you want to draw attention to the clothes rather than the colors.

B&W – Deep Blacks preset creates a creates image the highlights the shape of the dress

Fashion and Vintage Fashion

The last two presets in the Sleeklens Runway Fashion bundle are specifically designed to work with fashion in mind. The categories are used almost like the all in ones, but with more of an option for you to influence them with the other categories. The vintage fashion category is especially perfect if your blog or project focuses on old and vintage clothing, while the fashion category works better with modern fashion.

using the Fashion Category, the Christina preset popped the color of the dress and model, while softening the background, bringing the fashion into the focus of attention

Photographing street fashion can be rewarding. It looks great in a portfolio when shot correctly. But for times when the weather and positioning just doesn’t work while on the streets, there is still hope to turn out a wonderful picture. The Runway Fashion Lightroom bundle is excellent to help turn a drab picture into a work of art.

Tips for Shooting Street Fashion

If you run a fashion blog or want to break into the world of fashion photography, shooting street fashion is a great way to get material to build your portfolio. There are a lot of challenges that come with shooting street photography. You have to make sure you get the lighting right and choose a good setting and background. All of these variables, along with working up the nerve to ask strangers for their pictures can be daunting. But with enough practice and time, you’ll be getting amazing street fashion pictures for your professional portfolio.

Location

The first thing you need to think about when you are shooting street fashion is the location. You can’t shoot street photography on a street that has no people. You also won’t be able to get a good shot of someone if the street is crowded with people. Finding a good balance of foot traffic and space can be hard, but there are a few tricks to help you get the best of it.

First of all, do your research and look for places that match the style of what you’re looking to shoot. You won’t find any wild and outlandish clothing in Amish country just as you wouldn’t expect to see overalls and straw hats in a city. So think about what kind of fashion you’re looking for (weird, popular, new, old, etc.) and look around where you live for where you can find people that wear those clothes.

Once you know the general idea of where you’re going to shoot, there are two options for places you can shoot. You’ll rarely find a good outfit waiting around on a street that has no one walking on it, but you can get great shots in places that have a lot of foot traffic. Look around for streets or plazas where a lot of people gather, then wait for the traffic to die down. Even parts of busy cities all have a few hours of downtime where there’s space to move around. Visit these areas at that time to get a lot of choices without the busy background. Parks and town squares are great in-between locations that have a decent amount of foot traffic, with enough space to get a clean shot.

Lighting

Your biggest enemy when shooting street fashion will be the weather. You’ll have to time your shooting to the position of the sun, and often the clouds don’t play nice with your schedule. The best time of the day to shoot when the sky is clear is the first few hours after sunrise and the first few hours before sunset.

If you wait for the sun to be high in the sky, you’ll end up with an odd effect of strong light on the top of your street model that will cast shadows down. This can be especially disastrous to the effect is has on the clothes. If the day is cloudy you’ll need to wait until the sun is high in the sky. The clouds will diffuse the light and give you a softer overhead, reducing the shadows on the fashion.

Approaching the Model

No one particularly enjoys going up to strangers on the street and asking them for a picture. And not many people enjoy being approached on the streets by a stranger, especially in a city. When approaching someone you want to photograph, you need to be open, patient, and polite. Remember that they’re going to be wary of you; you could be a weird stalker for all they know. So if they decline, don’t push it too far and just let them be on their way.

The best way to get people to trust you is to have a decent camera. It’s not necessary to get a perfect shot (some phones have amazing cameras these days), but it certainly makes you look more professional. It’s also a good idea to have your blog up on a phone or tablet. That way, if they ask you about it, you can show them to let them know you’re not crazy.

Make it Comfortable

When a model agrees to have their picture taken, stay in the populated area. Taking someone down a side alley is sketchy and the model might change their mind and leave. So, stick to populated areas like from parks or busy streets.

Instead, to get a good shot, go to the nearest building and have them pose against the wall. Generally, people will see you taking the picture and walk around, but be prepared to wait for some unknowing pedestrians to walk in between you. After you’re done, always thank the model for their work. As a gesture of kindness, offer to send them a copy if they’re willing to give you their email address.

Always be willing to block out a person’s face or tattoos when shooting if they don’t feel comfortable with their face on the internet.

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Street fashion is something a lot of people are interested in. Having a blog or building about street fashion is a great way to build up your skills and professional level. It can be a chore to get the weather to agree with you, but by sticking to well-populated areas and keeping your mannerisms polite, you can land the perfect shot.