Declassifying the Secrets of Folk Photography
- Oct 24, 2019
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There are many nationalities in the world. Their cultural customs are unique. This is the essence of folk culture. We always hope to retain these wonderful things. Then please follow the steps of Xiaobian to explore the mystery of folk photography.
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The Morning of Yedongzhai
I. The Meaning of Folk Photography
Folklore photography, in short, is the subject of folk photography. In China, folklore photography is a new type of photography which combines photography art with folklore. It takes filming records, collecting, sorting out and rescuing the folk cultural heritage of the Chinese nation as its historical mission.
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Sixth Grade: Doors and Windows Circle the Contradictions and Conflicts between the Subject (Teachers and Students) and Put Points on the Topics
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Seeing the Smoke Rise Again --- Landscapes that can be seen only after stopping often become prominent works
2. Real reflection of photography
Folklore photography emphasizes authenticity, that is, the folk things reflected in the picture content are not images that violate the reality of folk customs and the laws of folk customs. In reality, the folklore phenomenon can not express its inherent essential meaning from any angle or any instant shooting. This shows that it is not easy to accurately reflect the true nature of a folk activity with one or more photos. We can start with the following points:
1. Deep into life, understand the shooting content.
First of all, the photographer should have a prior understanding of the shooting content, and have a certain shooting skills, pay attention to the observation and selection of those pictures that can explain the essence of things.
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A Telephone --- an old man, a telephone, a dog, rice... Storytelling works are always excellent works. You can refer to many excellent photographers'photos, which bring out people's motivation, behavior, background, interaction or feelings at that time.
2. Expressing the Natural State of the Environment
When shooting, we should fully show the true face of life and the natural state of the environment.
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Villages: Lines and tones are laid out in X-shape with a strong sense of perspective, which is conducive to drawing people's attention from all around to the center.
3. Grasp the natural look of the characters
When filming folk activities, we should grasp the natural attitude of the characters and try not to interfere with and manipulate the subjects.
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The Old People of Dong Nationality --- Emotion is a powerful language for communication between people. The more you can capture emotions, the more you can touch the hearts of the audience.
4. Reflect the life and local flavor of the works
Folk photography shooting techniques should be as realistic as possible, and the style should be simple. Avoid exaggeration and distortion.
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EOS 5D Mark III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, easy to shoot big scenes
EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens speed: 1/60s aperture F4.5ISO:400 focal length: 40mm
"Bird Cage Family" - EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens to get high-quality images
3. Expressing the Art of Folklore Photography
Folklore photography is a way of expressing folk life by means of photographic art. It is the carrier of folk life and photographic art, that is, works strive to achieve perfect artistic effect on the basis of accurately expressing the essence of folk phenomena.
The artistry of folklore photography is to use photographic image thinking and photographic sculpting principles to express folklore phenomena and to reflect the beauty of its essence. For example, composition, lighting, color and the use of various modeling techniques, the choice of the best moment and angle, are important means to reflect the folk photography art.
1. Selection of Composition
Good composition is a necessary skill for a good work. It can not only highlight the subject, but also increase the readability of the photo, making it easier for people to understand the content of the photo. When shooting, we should pay attention to the study of the beauty of photography. We should absorb typical folklore facts into the lens from multiple angles and sides.
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"Gaze" - arranging the main body on the diagonal line, can effectively use the length of the diagonal line of the picture, but also can make the accompanying body and the main body have a direct relationship, easy to produce the convergence trend of lines, attractive line of sight, to achieve the effect of highlighting the main body.
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EOS 5D Mark III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens potential vertical lines, coupled with the inclination of the burden, makes the work look natural and pleasant.
2. Study on the Use of Light
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"The Mission of an Old Dong Nationality" - Excellent light is an essential element of all photographs, and finding good light and color is an important job for photographers. For example, the above image is to create the sculptural sense of the characters through light.
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"Night" - Villages under night lights, quiet towns.
3. Grasp of Color
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Filial Piety: Black-and-white photography can calm down works
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"Big pot dishes" - low dark environment shooting, such as oil painting temperament
4. Breaking Traditional Art Forms
Folklore photography is a kind of photography with strong independence, but it is not isolated from other photographic forms and has nothing to do with each other. On the contrary, folk photography is very inclusive and closely related to other photographic forms. Some shooting techniques of documentary, news, art, portraits and other photographic forms are reflected and applied in folk photography to varying degrees.
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Harvesting Seedlings: Traditional Folk Works Filmed by Documentary and News Techniques
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"Batik Dyeing Home" - Photos can provide sufficient information, can say a complete story, is a good way, but deliberately reserve space, let people supplement the content of the story with imagination, but often more fascinating.
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In the latter stage, wheat fields and villages are synthesized, which is very interesting.
Folklore photography has gradually become a kind of fashion and trend pursued by photographers of all kinds, which embodies the vitality and attraction of folk photography. Every nation has its own unique charm. Pick up the camera to record them, and let the camera in hand become the most valuable tool for folklore record dissemination!