Five Realms for Good Photographs
- Oct 28, 2019
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Many people will be confused about the standard of good photographs, especially with the growing experience of photography, this confusion will deepen. In fact, the change of photographic standards also reflects the growth and progress of photographic level. Will there be standards for good photos? Certainly, but sometimes it can be quite difficult to judge. Many people, in order to hide their inertia in thinking about this problem, tend to say that I am happy to pat and play, and most likely the result is that I linger at a certain level all my life. Changes in vision often lead to changes in shooting methods, which are often a process of self-agony struggle, or even seemingly retrogressive, will be criticized. But I think noble pain is more valuable than cheap pleasure. The five realms of good photographs in this paper are compiled by Xiao Lin himself, without any scientific basis, for reference only.
Number One: Narrative Photos：
Can tell you what you want to say through photos. This level can generally be achieved through certain photography training practice. It's easy to see a beautiful scenery, a dish to eat, a beautiful girl to photograph, whether it's a camera or a mobile phone, but it's not easy to say. We need basic composition skills, basic knowledge of light and shadow, to highlight the focus of vision, not when blurred. Such photographs have the basic characteristics of photographic language, that is, different from the written language, but through the organization of images, say what you want to say. For photographs like this, you usually get a comment: "This place is beautiful!" "What a beautiful girl!" "It looks delicious and delicious!" It's easy to judge such a good picture. Send it to Weibo Weibo. Don't type a word to see if you understand what you want to say.
Second: Beautiful Photos：
After the first training, you'll want to make the photos more beautiful, so you'll start chasing better cameras, more professional lenses, and discussing the camera's imaging style, lens out-of-focus and aperture all day. Begin to focus on shooting methods and angles, through photographic techniques, a plain place can be photographed brilliantly, such as looking for some flowers for the foreground to shoot scenery, will use a long focal aperture and reflective plate to shoot beautiful women, slow doors to shoot running water, and so on. If you can't shoot well, you will use later tools to keep processing. This beautiful photograph is likely to be displayed and awarded. The disadvantage is that if you don't sign it, no one can imagine that you took it. Most photography enthusiasts will stop at this stage, slowly lose interest in photography, or take beautiful and individualized photos with lifelong enthusiasm. For such a picture, you will get a comment: "You've taken a great picture!" "Wow, how did you do that? What camera lens and parameters are used?
Third: Photographs of Photographers：
Photographers today are a relatively overwhelming profession. You can get the title if you buy expensive equipment and hang it around your neck. However, real photographers are a rare group with real painters or poets. To get the title of a photographer, you can't rely on a heavy photographic bag, long scattered hair, a photographic vest full of accessories or a bright laugh. You have to have your own style.
On the basis of having the ability to make photos beautiful, photographers will explore their own photographic style and language system, and customers will come to visit you because of your unique style. Of course, in fact, everyone will have their own personality when shooting, and what they want to say in the photos, but it is very difficult for these personalities to be recognized by the public. So you have to make your heart very beautiful before the picture will be better. Of course, it can be dark. There are also many dark people in the world. At this stage, one can get the evaluation: "You shot it at first sight!" "Not only beautiful, but also interesting!" "Wow, good idea! How did you think of it?"
Fourth: touching photos：
A good photograph at this stage can also be called an inner photograph. These photographs are usually taken by a successful photographer, who is tired of catering to the reader and begins to try to construct a language system that obeys his heart, some of which are rather difficult and complicated. Such photographs are often provocative to traditional photographic systems, sometimes beyond reason, but if you look at them patiently, you may discover the necessity by chance. Of course, there are always some geniuses who fly over the first three stages, but they are always envied by nature. I often see these people shine and disappear in a short time, maybe because it's too easy to come. At this stage, the audience will be greatly divided, some people will see it will be shocked and fascinated, while others do not think so. This is usually not related to the level of appreciation, but to everyone's life experience and inner world. Now active in the photography academia, often award-winning or exhibition people, basically belong to this category, so there will be many people complain about seeing cutting-edge photography exhibition can not understand. But there is no doubt that these people are fanatics and take photos with their lives. You don't know how hard they work. Usually the evaluation is: "not aware of the sharp!" "I was deeply touched by this picture, and I stared at it all afternoon." Some of these photographs will become classics of the times, and most of them will disappear as time goes by. They are all trying to be photographs of the fifth realm.
Fifth realm: photographs of history：
When we look back at history, we will find that a photographer who can be widely remembered by people is quite remarkable. If ten photos can be remembered by history, it must be a master. Of course, if a photograph wants to enter history, it must have some characteristics and a lot of luck. Without saying luck, the characteristics can be analyzed: such a photograph is a portrait of this era, or creates a new style of photography, or without reason, it is so classic. No one knows what kind of pictures the future history will leave for our times, so I can't say anything. Maybe Roland Bart's "puncture" theory will help. He believes that after a photograph is taken, the audience's interpretation is multifaceted. The theme that the photographer tries to express is often ignored, while the unimportant details in the photograph often arouse greater interest. This is the puncture of the photograph (oh, by the way, this kind of present). Elephants on the Internet are called: Find the highlights. Being able to have a clear understanding of this era and intentionally leaving a lot of punctuation points for future generations is an attempt worth proposing. Of course, this is difficult and difficult, especially for many people who just love to play with cameras, so let him go. Such a photograph may be evaluated as: "You took this photograph of the times." "Many years later, I still remember that picture of you. It was our time."
Xiao Lin's works: In May 2008, the left-behind elderly and children in Banliang Village, Chenzhou, Hunan Province. (This photo was selected as 100 moving documentary moments in the 50 years of New China by China Photography Newspaper)