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Fashion Photography

Fashion Photography

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Leigh Keily


With the expansion of the internet, fashion photographers are increasingly in demand. In this course you'll learn the fundamental skills involved in taking original fashion images for a variety of commissioners, from magazines to designers. You will focus on the practical photography techniques and develop your photographic eye, in order to deliver fashion photos to a professional standard.

The course includes daily feedback critique sessions, practical tips about cameras and studio lighting, a retouching workshop, discussions about presenting work (websites and iPad portfolios), practical mood-board development, and industry level guest speakers for Q&A sessions.

Lastly, working as part of a creative team, you will produce and execute a day-long fashion shoot using a professional industry team of models, fashion stylists, make-up artists and hair stylists, adding valuable content to your fashion photography portfolio.

Topics covered

  • Selection of location sets
  • Set construction
  • Propping and accessorizing
  • Camera settings and lighting control
  • Use of backdrops and reflectors

Who should take this course?

  • Students with an interest in fashion styling and photography
  • Photographers, stylists and art directors

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners and Intermediate


"I would like to take this opportunity to underline the genuine guidance Mr. Keily took to graduatily teach us how to comprehend image making. The advantage of this short course may have lied in the very few number or students but it must be mentioned that none of us knew how to use a camera. For me this class was what I hoped for. I studied Fashion Management in Paris and was always in conflict to be part of the more creative side - this time spent at CSM definitely pushed me to explore the infinite possibilities of this industry. This course sparked a frenzy" - L Bachler

"Learned a lot in just five days. It was great to have such a nice tutor who is working in the business and could give a lot of insider information, and connect with other people working in the industry. learning together with people from all over the world was a great experience and inspiration. Would definitely like to return for another course" - K Poppe

"The course was really great! We had our final shoot on Thursday and unfortunately the fire alarm went off twice. That was a pitty cause we didn't have time to finish our project. Loved it." - F Reis

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.

Tutor Description

Leigh Keily is an Australian celebrity portrait and entertainment photographer based between London and Los Angeles. He studied at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion.  His portraits were brought to a global audience with his recent Prince William for Attitude magazine shoot.

Leigh is highly sought after to photograph celebrities, with recent work including Viggo Mortensen, Andy Cohen, James Corden, Gordon Ramsay, The Cast of Queer Eye, Russell Brand, Steve Aoki, Nicola Formichetti, Ant and Dec, Nobu, Jeremy Piven, and Liam Payne amongst many, many others. His entertainment work consists of key art, promotional, and short video/moving billboard work for the BBC, Channel 4, Comedy Central and MTV. His video billboards have featured on the big screens at Piccadilly Circus and Waterloo stations.

Leigh is also the co-founder and editor of quarterly specialist men’s magazine JÓN, which is available worldwide featuring Leigh’s interviews and photographs, and contributing photographers from all around the world. Leigh has written a textbook, Photographing Fashion, published by Crowood Press and available on Amazon, and is currently writing his second title.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A digital SLR camera, with memory card
  • One notebook A4 size or larger
  • On the first day please also bring a UK fashion magazine of your choice.  Some suggestions include: Vogue, i-D, Dazed and Confused, Vice, Harpers, Sheer, Phoenix, SID, Another, GQ, Ponystep

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