Nail the sneaker shot with tips and tricks from street style photographers Ee Jin, Tim Suen, and Aik Soon.
Three of Singapore’s more popular photographers share the tricks of their trade, highlighting the techniques they use to capture the perfect sneaker shot. Here, you’ll find out their thought process and the work that goes on behind the scenes.
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Tip #1: Stand out
Ee Jin (@parag0n) is all about thinking out of the box. He recommends trying to find unique angles and playing around with them, “It may look like it won’t work in real life, but tweaking and rotating an image can make it more outstanding,” he says.
Aik Soon (@aiksooon) concurs, “Having action shots or capturing a subject in action adds perspective to the shot adding some element of dynamism,” he adds.
Tip #2: Center the subject
Ee Jin makes sure that there are no other striking objects in the frame of a picture as that would be fighting with the subject for the viewer’s attention.
Tip #3: Keep it real
Aik Soon makes it a point to shoot sneakers as they would appear in their natural element. To do this, he recreates everyday scenes by getting his subject to walk down a street, for example.
Tip #4: Lead by Lines
Leading lines are the “trail” that guides the viewer’s eye through the scene, leading the eye to focus on the subject. It adds depth and draws attention to the focal point of the sneaker shot.
Tip #5: Color pick
Tim (@timsuen) practises using the environment around him to accentuate the vibrant colors on sneakers. On the PUMA RS-0 PLAY shoes shot by him above, he says, “The pipes allowed for a nice contrast with the colors as well as flexibility in positioning the shoes to highlight the essential features as needed.”
Tip #6: play with shadows
Sometimes, especially with shoes with simple colorways, you might find yourself in a situation where the options are endless. To get past that, Tim recommends keeping it simple, and playing with shadows is a great way to do that.
“The great thing about using shadows is its ability to highlight certain features of the shoe while simultaneously creating a beautiful contrast with the blacks and whites,” Tim explains.
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