Benjamin Kanarek Blog WestEast Magazine Contest Information Update

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I have compiled some pointers you might consider when embarking on the WestEast Magazine-Benjamin Kanarek Blog Fashion Photo Contest.

A few days before you commence your photo shoot project ask yourself the following questions.

1. Do I have a well defined theme?

2. Do the clothing correspond with the story board or mood board? Is there one unique clothing change for each page to be published. Never use the same clothing article twice in the same fashion spread.

3. Do I have all of the team members to make this the kind of shoot worthy of being published i a world renowned fashion magazine?

4. Is the model up to the level one would expect to see in a world class fashion magazine? In other words, is the Model credible?

5. Has the team been fully briefed?

6. Have you planned on which images will be landscape, vertical or close up framing? It does not have to be carved in stone, but it helps in envisaging the final layout.

7. How many pages are you going for?

8. If shooting Beauty, have you considered how the theme will been reflected in how the make-up is accessorized? I.E. Feathers, Gems, Honey, Sprinkles, etc.

9. Who will do the post production for your Fashion or Beauty spread?

10. Can I meet the deadline?

11. No Repeated Items (i.e. the same scarf, shoes, dress etc.repeated on different images)

12. You can mix and match different designers per look (image).

13. No matter which designers you use they must be from the current Spring-Summer 2011 Collections

You may also wish to read THIS blog post on putting a Fashion or Beauty shoot together.

… and finally each winner of the Fashion & Beauty categories will Win a great compact camera, which they will receive 2 months after the publication of their editorial.

If I have any new pointers, I will add them as they come to me and if you have any, feel free to send them to me at: info@benjaminkanarekblog.com

Submissions should be sent to contest@benjaminkanarekblog.com , but please read the contest rules closely on the main contest blog post below.

Benjamin Kanarek Blog West East Magazine Fashion Photography Contest

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Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…
  • Rosa

    Is it planned a WestEast Magazine-Benjamin Kanarek Blog Fashion Photo Contest 2012 about Spring-Summer 2012 Collections? Thank you for your answer

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  • no repeat items but we can shoot in the same location or room for example???

    • Of course you can shoot all of the pictures in the same location. Studio or location as you wish.

  • Where are the submissions to the contest?

  • Ana Paula Mizzetti

    Would love too

  • I’m probably a bit dense or perhaps it’s because English isn’t my first language but I’m having trouble understanding this as well:

    11. Again…Make sure only one designer per look.

    12. You can mix and match different designers per look.

    I simply can’t get my head around this – how can both the above statements be true? 🙂

    On a completely unrelated note:
    What would be an acceptable native camera resolution for an image that is to be used for a double spread?

    I’ve seen several references stating that a minimum native camera resolution of 16 MP should be used for magazine prints but knowing that you’ve been shoting with both Pentax K10D and K20D I would think that your opinion differs? – or have you been shooting double spreads with your Canon 5D II instead?

  • One designer per look, or one unique look per page?
    I was under the impression that each page had to be a unique look, but could these not all be from the same designer’s collection?

    • Yes they can, of course. It is quite clear. Do not repeat an image with the same items used.