From the Front Row

World MasterCard Fashion Week may be winding down to its last days, but the crowds haven’t waned a bit. Hundreds cram into the runway room on the hour, every hour, and the front row fills with some of the city’s most stylish denizens. There are some rocking outfits on display, but I’ve been taking note of those carrying more serious accessories – a camera.

This recurring feature catches up with some front row photographers to find out, what are you shooting with?

Hawley Dunbar, SidewalkHustle.com

Hawley has her freshly manicured finger on the pulse of all that’s current in music, fashion and technology. Turns out she’s also pretty handy with a macro lens.

What are you shooting with?
A Canon EOS 60 D. I flip between a 100mm Macro lens and a 50mm Macro depending on my location in the front row.
 
Do you share the photos? How?

I post them on my fashion and music blog, SidewalkHustle.com.

 
What’s your favourite feature of this device?
I can do a lot with my 60 D because it’s a professional level body. I love the sport setting for shooting runway because it captures the model no matter how fast they might be strutting.

 

Chris Howson, radio & TV host

 

Chris claims to be the “current owner of Brooke Shields eyebrows,” but this humble morning show host and producer at Toronto’s ProudFM radio bears more of a resemblance to Chris Noth. Think Chris Noth’s much, much younger brother.
 
What are you shooting with?
I’m using the Nikon D5200 DSLR burgundy edition. 
 
Do you share the photos? How?
I’m shooting for the Men’s Fashion Insider show Twitter account. It’s a show on OUTtv that I host. I also use the photos for Dose.ca and Dailyxtra.com.
 
What’s your favourite feature of this device?
I love that fact that it also shoots broadcast quality HD video. I’m a bit of a ‘jack of all trades’ in this industry so I’m glad my camera is too!
Catch up with the rest of my From the Front Row series here.

From the Front Row

Now that Toronto’s official fashion week has kicked into full gear, the number of shooters sitting in the seats – as opposed to the media pit – has multiplied to extremes.  Beyond the iPhones and Androids, there are serious cameras in play.  I check in with those sitting front row and ask, what are you shooting with?

JR Bernstein | Fashion Photographer

What are you shooting with?
I change cameras all the time. As an official Fujifilm X-Photographer, I have access to all the professional Fuji cameras. Right now, I’m trying out one of their latest offerings, the Fujifilm X100S. This camera is sold out everywhere, so I’m really lucky to have it.
Do you share the photos? How?
I use the photos in a number of ways.  For one, I’m writing a review of the camera itself, so some of the photos will make it into my review.  Other photos are for publications I shoot for, and some are just for my own enjoyment. As a photographer, I’m constantly shooting.
What’s your favourite feature of this device?
I’m seriously loving this camera!  It’s hard to choose just one feature I like best — its cool retro look and feel, tactile manual controls, fast auto-focus, compact size or great image quality.  But I think my favourite feature has to be the hybrid optical-electronic viewfinder.  It has the best of both worlds.  It really is a camera-geek’s dream.  You get all the advantages of using a real optical viewfinder (so you’re not looking at a screen) with as much, or as little, digital information as you want superimposed on top.
Check out JR’s photography at jrbernstein.com.
 
Sarah Francis | Blogger
 
I ran into Sarah at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards announcement on Monday, just before the tents opened.  This new awards show debuts in February 2014 to bring recognition to established and emerging designers across the country.  For more information and a list of confirmed CAFA nominees, click here
 
What are you shooting with?
I’m old school-ish. I use Canon Rebel XSi Digital.
 
Do you share the photos? How?
The photos go on my blog but are mainly for inspiration. I’m more of a writer and stylist than photographer, so my goal in the next year is to hone my pic-taking skills.  
 
What’s your favourite feature of this device?
I have a feeling this camera can do much more than I’m capable of at this point. However, I do love my zoom lens – it makes me feel powerful.  Until I run into someone like George Pimentel, that is.

From the Front Row

Now that the international fashion shows have finished, Canada’s fashion designers vie for their share of media attention. I hit Toronto’s fashion presentations each season, from the shOws to World MasterCard Fashion Week to independent, offsite shows. You can find me snapping away on my iPhone – mostly pics to share on Instagram and Twitter.  But I’m no pro when it comes to photography. No, the pros are piled up at the end of the runway, getting the shots we will drool over hours later.

But I wasn’t alone. Social media has turned all of us into documentarians. As our spring 2014 season kicked off this week with the shOws, I wondered what the rest of the front row was using to shoot the runway – and what did they do with the photos?

Follow my From the Front Row series this month as I share stories of bloggers, stylists and more in this new recurring feature. I snapped Roz and Stefania at The ShOws, held at Andrew Richard Designs.  The room – drenched in white with a runway that wrapped around the room – is a dream for anyone snapping pics from the front row. 

Roslyn “Roz” Griffith Hall, stylist

What are you shooting with?
“I’m using a Canon 7D and my trusty sidekick Leica D-LUX4.”

Do you share the photos?  How?
“I have an online ‘Look of the Day’ column for Zoomer magazine. Some shots will become part of my Stylist’s POV wrap up, a cool image post or as a random tweet.”  When in Paris, Roz also shoots for her own visual diary, Rue de Roz.  It’s a pictorial narrative of fashion trending on the streets.

What’s your favourite feature of this device?
“I’m still discovering what this camera has to offer.” 

Stefania Yarhi, street style photographer and blogger

What are you shooting with?
“I shoot with my Canon 5D Mark II.”

Do you share the photos?  How?
“I shoot for my own blog Textstyles.ca and also for inspiration.  As a photographer, I have worked with various media outlets shooting the runway from this angle.  I love that you see more movement in the clothes and it’s a different perspective than the traditional head on runway shots.”

What’s your favourite feature of this device, or what do you wish it could do?
My camera is a professional dslr [digital single-lens reflex], the best investment ever.  I love how sensitive it is to light and when you shoot RAW, the crispness and detail is wonderful.  I do wish it could act as my phone and then publish straight to Twitter and Instagram.  But I have to also shoot with my phone to do that IRL [in real life] during shows, which gets to be panicky.”

Check back this week for more From the Front Row.