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

 Welcome to the second in my new recurring feature where I discover what’s going on with the front row’s snap-happy guests.  Last week at The ShOws I interviewed Nolan and Nicole.

Nolan Bryant, Blogger & Photographer

What are you shooting with?
“I use a few different cameras during fashion week.  I borrow a friend’s Nikon D5000 if I am shooting from my seat, when I’m backstage I shoot in black and white and use my ancient but wonderful Olympus E500.  It gives me the less then perfect look that I love.  For parties I tend to use a Samsung point and shoot that I’ve had for years.  It’s great when I don’t feel like schlepping a DSLR in the evening.”

Do you share the photos?  How?
“The photos eventually end up on my blog.  I post almost always black and white photos but during fashion week, when absolutely necessary I will post in colour.  The images that really speak to me will end up on Instagram and Tumblr.”

What’s your favourite feature of this device?
“I adore my Olympus E500 because of its simplicity and ability to capture the type of messy images that I like to see.  Crisp and clear images are terribly boring and leave little to the imagination.  My idea of a good picture is one thats a bit out of focus – I think it forces you look a little deeper.  As much as I love this relic of camera it would be nice to have something that shoots full frame.”

Nicole Wilson, DaintyGirl.ca

What are you shooting with?
“I’m shooting with the brand new Sony QX10 wireless camera lens connected to my iPhone 5.”
Do you share the photos?  How?
“I live tweet and Instagram the photos onsite and then I use them in blog features after the shows.  All fashion photos serve as inspiration for me.”
What’s your favourite feature of this device?
“I love that the Sony QX10 attaches to my iPhone and connects wirelessly through bluetooth.  I can snap photos using my iPhone screen with the 10x optical zoom on the Sony QX10 lens and immediately upload them to my social media channels.  It’s every bloggers dream device!”
Are you shooting from the front row?  What’s your preferred device?  Comment here and you may end up in a future post in my From the Front Row series. Catch the first post here.