Catwalk Photography: Shooting At London Fashion Weekend

I headed to London with excitement and anticipation about shooting at the London Fashion Weekend as I had never done anything like it before and was intrigued to find out what was in store for the day.

I arrived at the Sloane Club just off Sloane Square in Chelsea where I was met by Canon ambassadors who welcomed me with tea and coffee. I joined the group that I was shooting with for the day and we were led into a lounge where we were given a talk by the fashion photographer Tina Eisen.

She spoke about working as a photographer in the fashion world, talking about her experiences shooting for some of the world’s biggest fashion lines and how she had worked as a private photographer for a number of celebrities including David Beckham. She gave us some photography tips on shooting the catwalk and wished us the best of luck.

We were then briefed by Canon and headed down the road to the Saatchi Gallery where we entered through the back and were led into the photographers’ pit at the end of the catwalk.

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Shot by Jorge Mendes on EOS 60D with EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM

 

The room was soon filled with fashion enthusiasts and as soon as the models hit the catwalk the room came alive with shouts of excitement, applause and gasps from the audience.

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Shot by Greg Barker on EOS 750D with EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM

This was not only my first time shooting a runway show it was also my first experience of shooting with Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV. Shooting on a very high ISO and shutter speed, and with the 5D’s 7 fps continuous shooting, I was able to catch every step the models took and the camera’s autofocus perfectly caught each model as they strutted down the catwalk.

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Shot by Nick Woodford on EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM

We shot three shows using a range of Canon DSLR cameras. At first, I found it quite difficult at first to adjust to the lighting and the movement in the photographers’ pit as every now and then I would get a head pop up in my way or an elbow to the lens but by third show I felt very comfortable with the camera and my surroundings, and as a result I was able to capture some of my best shots of the day.

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Shot by Adrian Askew on EOS 5D Mark III with EF 70-200mm f2.8L non IS

 

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Shot by Jorge Mendes on EOS 60D with EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM

In between shoots we were lead out to the entrance of the Saatchi gallery where we were able to get some photos of visitors who were waiting for the next show to begin. This was really fun and it allowed me to see just how versatile the EOS 5D Mark IV is at shooting in different lights and environments.

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Shot by Greg Barker on EOS 750D with 50mm 1.4

Overall the day was an amazing experience and I was able to get some great photos. A big thank you to Canon for hosting the day and looking after us all.

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Shot by Adrian Askew on EOS 5D Mark III with EF 70-200mm f2.8L non IS
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Shot by Nick Woodford on EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM

 

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