Answer Six Important Questions about Portrait Photography
- Dec 10, 2019
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Hello, everyone, I am Feng Zhi, a photographer. As you all know, in fact, all kinds of art are idealistic. In art, my own understanding is that art does not need to be bound by such words as "certain" or "must". That is to say, there is no so-called industry standard. No matter what kind of art has its audience and audience, its existence is reasonable. In fact, everything is all right. They are following their own aesthetics.
And I am here today to help you answer questions, on behalf of my own understanding of photography, I started by saying so much, hoping that today's sharing can give you more inspiration in thinking, rather than being bound by what I said.
I am glad that no one asked the equipment for this question. It's interesting to note that all the questions we have come up with, except for the equipment, are almost all about several important aspects of conventional portrait photography. These important questions in portrait photography, if each question is answered in detail, it is estimated that we need 10,000 words is not enough, because the space is limited, here with you the main focus.
Okay, so today, I will stand in my own perspective, one by one from these six questions to help you do the answer.
How to composition
Firstly, the problem of composition in portrait shooting.
As for the importance of composition in photography, we all have our own understanding. Faced with different photographic styles, some of them pay attention to rigorous composition, such as ancient style, some of them tend to be more natural and unrestrained. For example, many Japanese photographs with a sense of life are taken, and some of them tend to use the tension and emotion of the picture. For example, we all heard about the older generation of Japanese wildwood, so how to do photographic composition actually depends on the type of photographic style you like and want to achieve the ultimate.
Today, I will talk about my own composition habits. Most of my shooting styles are quiet pictures. The picture feeling is relatively clean. Composition is also a kind of rigorous type. Of course, my style may change slowly. After all, these are influenced by my own aesthetics. The aesthetic has changed, and the style is also changed. It will change slowly.
Many of my students come to me to enroll in the course system to study photography. Most of them are almost a blank sheet of paper. In this case, facing the problem of composition, I basically have two requirements for them: first, to use middle composition and one third composition. It's easy to find your own style and feeling in photography while using these two composition methods well. When these two composition methods can be applied well, it's also easy to try to add other changes to the picture.
You may say: Teacher, I understand both of the ways you said. Is that too simple? In fact, you can use the middle composition and one-third composition clearly. It's not a simple thing to use well.~
My requirement for students is to take pictures with one third of the composition. Although the main body of the picture is in this position, you should try other ways to find a sense of balance in the picture. When using the middle composition, you should try to make the picture different with your creativity. Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, customer shooting, Qinghai Chaka Salt Lake
For example, this photo, if viewed from the composition, is a very common center composition, but because of the multi-exposure creativity combined with the beautiful scenery at sunset, the photo becomes less ordinary. Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon's Guangzhou Face-to-Face Photography Teaching Course
This is a picture of one-third composition. The figure is located in one-third of the position in the picture. Although it is simply sitting there, the interaction between the direction of the person's sight and the light gives the reader a guide to read the picture. It is also because of such simple interaction that the picture has a sense of atmosphere. Canon Film Machine EOS1V+24702.8L+portra400 was shot at Canon 5D4+24702.8L in Hong Kong. My Guangzhou face-to-face photography course was taught by me.
And the characters in these two pictures are also in a third position, through the extension of lines and other color blocks in the picture, to make the picture more balanced.
In my shooting, there are very few skewed horizon pictures, most of them are this kind of stable composition, but like the ideas shown to you, I like to use other elements in the picture, so that the simple composition of the picture, not so ordinary.
Although seemingly basic, but can change the way of thinking is really super many, composition of other ideas is really too many, what frame composition, what lines, what triangles in the composition, but I think you might as well do the most basic first, I always and students ink words: for photographers, good shooting Once habits are formed, they will become your habits like eating and sleeping. Good composition habits and ways of using light can also become such habits.
In fact, I am now in the photography when many are habitual to shoot, shooting at that time did not intentionally go to brainstorm what composition and so on, I hope this idea can inspire you a little.
Communication and Guidance
In portrait shooting, how to communicate with and guide the people being photographed to get a natural feeling?
Many photographers have different ideas about guidance. Today I'll tell you the simplest way. Many photographers have mentioned this idea. Maybe you are tired of listening to it. I call this method "Substitution Law". Some students can guess 7788 as soon as they listen to this name. Some students are confused when they hear this term.
For example, many students are concerned about how to make a beautiful picture of a girl. I think when you take a boyfriend's perspective into your role, the pictures you think about will not be very artificial. It's natural to try to make up for the pictures of the interaction between girls and boyfriends, and then to guide most of them. Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, Canon 5D4+
I prefer to take environmental portraits on the outside. I think there will be more elements to interact with. This set of photos was taken when I was giving classes to the students who signed up for the face-to-face course. It was also the first time that I tried the theme of indoor life. When I designed the theme, I wanted to take pictures of the feeling that my holiday and girlfriend were bored at home. Before taking pictures, I watched the venue through the dormitory in advance, which made up a lot of scenes that could happen between couples.
For example, weekend sleeping in bed, boyfriend making breakfast for girlfriend, girlfriend naughty pictures in the wardrobe, etc., although not like the strict commercial photography that will be written into ppt format, but each scene is also brought in by their own brain, only in this way, when you get to the shooting venue, you can use language to make the feeling you want clearer. When the language can't be clearly conveyed, I will even do a mental action in that position. Many face-to-face classmates have seen this scene.
I guess many of you who read this article are facing the model in the filming. You can't even tell what you want. How can you expect the model to understand what you can't say? Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L, filmed in Hong Kong.
When this photo was taken, I was very simple and Xiao Qing's novel: Close your eyes, feel the sunshine on your face is very comfortable. In fact, many times, you have a sense of pictures in your brain, and then use language to express, is a very simple thing. Canon 5D4 + 24 702.8L, shot in Sri Lanka
This photo was taken while I was traveling with my friends in Sri Lanka. It was the eve of the storm. Dark clouds were so terrible. In fact, the guidance was very simple. I told Nannan at that time: You feel the clouds in the distance talking to you. You put your hands in your ears, close your eyes and listen to him and you quietly. 。 As a matter of fact, the dark clouds were so terrible that if you understand the picture you want, you can make easy guidance. Canon 5D4 + 24 702.8L, shot in Dali
This is the family photo I took for my friend in Dali, Yunnan Province. When I was guiding, I said to Yuanyuan (the mother of the child) that you and your daughter had a word to discuss, and then you together in the husband's ear with your hands to block the feeling of whispering, when the mother and daughter said as if: Dad is a big bad egg. Then my husband laughed naturally, because it was expected that there would be a lot of realistic pictures, so when this photo was taken, I took it in a continuous shooting mode. Canon 5D4 + 24 702.8L, shot in Dali
When I was filming this picture, I told them to kiss their children's cheeks tightly. Xiao Bao's cheeks were choked by his parents'mouths. A smile was a natural expression.
In addition, as a photographer who also came from Mengxin Xiaobai, he said in his heart that even if you were stuffy at home and had seen the experience of 1W top cafes to share, you might as well plan and shoot 10 scenes carefully. Don't look at what I said and you seem very simple, you also feel that you understand, but you still need to do it yourself. A lot of on-the-spot experience.
So, don't be lazy and don't just talk on paper. Move up and realize what you think in your heart. The experience guided by you is getting richer and richer.
Weather and Light Problems
How to shoot in different weather conditions, whether the light is perfect or not, can be well completed, this aspect of thinking (indoor and outdoor white balance).
It seems that I have never been photographed on a snowy day. I have seen the world in all kinds of weather. Yesterday and the day before yesterday, I was photographed on Jeju Island while being hit by wind and rain.
On this point, we step by step: first, sunny days, generally in normal sunshine areas, if you can control the time of shooting, I would prefer to choose the time before 10:30-11 a.m. for outdoor shooting, and in the afternoon about 3:30 to the end of the sunset, because these are the reasons. The sunshine is not so strong during the period of time, and the tolerance of the camera is not too big a problem if you control it in advance. It doesn't have to be said indoors on sunny days, and it won't have much impact, but if you want to play with light and shadow creativity, for example, Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L, Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L, Shenzhen, Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L, and Shenzhen.
This kind of indoor light and shadow creativity is more recommended to refer to the outdoor shooting time period just mentioned, also because the light will be better controlled.
Then let's talk about cloudy days, cloudy days, my suggestion is to find a more smooth location to shoot, although there is no direct light in cloudy days, but you find the location of the smooth face of the light quality sensing should not be very bad, for example, these photos I took before and after the storm. Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, shot in my Hong Kong Photography Professional Course Canon 5D4+24 702.8L, shot in my Hong Kong Photography Professional Course
As you can see, the clouds in the cloudy sky have no layers at all. The facial light can still be photographed with the same effect as the flash. Although there is some later assistance, the early shooting is very important. This is a way of thinking to shoot smoothly in cloudy days. I hope it will help you a little.
In addition, about white balance, I am automatic white balance, now the degree of electronic camera, I think white balance can be trusted, I use a Canon 5D4 camera. Even if the automatic white balance is slightly biased, we can easily do white balance unification in LR.
Planning Thoughts of Filming
Next, let's talk about the planning idea of a portrait shooting. This problem I used a set of previous works as a case, a real restore of the situation I planned at that time, so that the analysis of cases, we should be more effective than the blunt reasoning.
At the beginning of the shooting, I saw a very feeling venue in Shenzhen when I was browsing the dormitory on my mobile phone. The scene I saw at that time was like this: the weather in Guangzhou was really painful without air conditioning at that time. So I'm particularly interested in indoor shooting. When I see such a clean scene, I immediately have such a color combination in my mind: I may have some shooting experience, so when facing such a clean shooting site, I can quickly find the feeling of clothing and environmental color matching, if you match this kind of color. When you can't find the feeling, you can try to find some color matching tables online and apply the environmental color to them. Colors all have their own language, and any other color matching is also exquisite. At first, for the inexperienced novelty, skillfully using the color matching table is a more efficient and quality color matching solution. I bought a blue man's shirt after I set the color matching of the photos. The effect of this boyfriend style shirt is quite good.
Preliminary preparations for the shooting were in place. On the day of shooting, I also communicated with the model in the shooting as I said before. This friend was wonderful. Before shooting, I communicated with Miao Miao that I wanted to shoot a girl at home on weekends. That kind of cold private room without carnal desire. In fact, shooting. When Miaomiao has a bottom-up, but because the angle control is in place, the basic feeling of the film is conveyed, basically as follows: Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L was shot in Shenzhen Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L in Shenzhen Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L in Shenzhen Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L in Shenzhen Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L in Shenzhen Canon 24702.8L in Shenzhen.
By the way, there is also a little episode in the middle. We patted the owner's dog on the patrol. The entry effect was good when I got caught. So we should be more flexible when shooting. Speaking of this, you should understand that a quality shooting: step on the spot, the choice of suitable scenes, the matching of costume and scene color, as well as the guidance of the model are equally important.
How Late Skin Stage
How can the skin be ruddy and transparent in the later stage? On the issue of transparency, let me show you an original film: Canon 5D4 + 24702.8L was shot in Guangzhou, where I gave a face-to-face course in photography.
This is an original film with only exposure adjustment. I want to tell you a truth. Many students have misunderstandings. They feel that the photos are comfortable in the later period. Actual pre-shooting is very important. Later is an auxiliary tool to realize the pre-idea. The part about skin treatment is really not an hour's problem. Interested students can confide in me.
How to Appoint Beautiful Girls
Finally, how can we make an appointment to a beautiful girl as a model? In fact, I would like to say that I just said a few questions, shared experience and ideas, you are all very good to do, you can easily rely on strength to approximate a good-looking girl as a model, this is the most real truth, other skills are floating clouds.