How to guide the mood of the model in portrait shooting
- Dec 10, 2019
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After the clothing venues have been determined, we can start shooting. Then, in the process of portrait shooting, there is also one of the biggest and most core issues, which is to guide the mood of the model.
Many of the buddies involved in portrait shooting at first feel that their films are not good enough, meaningless, or too artificial, in fact, because they ignore the most important point in portrait shooting - the mood of the model.
As mentioned earlier, portraits are mostly people, and what is the most important thing in a picture that attracts the audience?
It's the person's mood. A photograph, no matter how clever the composition is, how comfortable the tone is, how high the model's face value is, if the mood is not in place and the model is imposed on the picture like a puppet, then the picture, even if it is very beautiful, is not durable. Only when the characters'emotions are properly expressed, can they arouse the audience's resonance, and let the audience feel the emotional pictures expressed in the film, can they be recalled.
Whether it's laughing happily: SONY ILCE-7RM3 (a7r3) +Samyang AF50mm F1.4FE
Aperture: F1.8 shutter: 1/400 ISO:125 focal length: 50mm
Or sad tears: SONYILCE-7S (a7s) +Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA
Aperture: F2.5 shutter: 1/100 ISO:1000 focal length: 55mm
The cry of youth: SONYILCE-7(a7)+Pentax A 50mm F1.4
Aperture: F1.4 shutter: 1/800 ISO:160 focal length: 50mm
Or a light worry: SONY ILCE-6300 (a6300)+defocusing and light-enhancing transfer ring+Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD (A007)
Aperture: F2.8 shutter: 1/50 ISO:400 focal length: 70mm
(a6300 is a half-frame machine. The focal length obtained by the defocusing transfer ring is close to the full range.)
Admittedly, not everyone's sense of camera is good enough, especially when shooting realistic pictures for ordinary people, they tend to show unnatural expressions and rigid movements because of fear of the camera. At this time, we should first put down the camera, when the model can not face the lens naturally, blindly correcting and pressing the shutter will only make the model more and more uncomfortable, but also will wear down their mood and affect the shooting effect.
At this time, we can chat first, first we can get a little familiar with each other, because apart from the camera sense, many people will be more or less restrained in the face of strangers who meet for the first time. Proper chat can effectively eliminate the gap between strangers, so that models can better integrate into the shooting. Of course, this stage is not to wait until the day of shooting, after the appointment, before shooting, you can interact online more, so that by the day of shooting, the two sides can enter the state faster.
And when it comes to online communication before shooting, we can also discuss more about shooting topics, from makeup to clothing, to venues, and some of our own ideas. Because often the vegetarian models themselves do not have much idea about shooting, they may just be on the rise of the moment, or a picture in their mind flashes by, they want to take a set of photos, may only have a very vague general direction, or even no direction; and even for some shooting more, there are also very many. For models with multiple ideas, it is unclear whether these ideas can be expressed smoothly and completely through the screen, and how they need to be expressed.
It is our photographer's job to deal with the details of these pictures, so it is necessary to exchange ideas before shooting. For vegetarian models, before taking photos, we can find more pictures of similar styles to save for reference. Photos or illustrations can also be used. It is one of the most intuitive ways for the models to practice facial expression and posture against these pictures.
When we get to the shooting scene, how can we get the model into the state of shooting theme at the fastest speed after successfully crossing the barrier of camera fear? There are many methods here, and they vary from person to person. My favorite way is to listen to music. Every time I shoot, I will find some songs similar to the style of shooting and put them in my mobile phone. When the shooting starts on the spot, they will be released. Usually, this can help us get into the shooting state as soon as possible.
And in the process of finding music, it may be possible to directly find music suitable for the film BGM, killing two birds with one stone. When the model enters the stage successfully, the shooting is equal to half the success. As for how to guide the expression posture, we can use the pictures saved in the mobile phone during the previous communication as a reference. Even our photographers themselves can go to battle and make the models imitate their concave movements. Then we can make subtle adjustments. Of course, if the models are in automatic file, that would be better. SONY ILCE-7RM3(a7r3)+Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS UMC
Aperture: F1.4 shutter: 1/1000 ISO:160 focal length: 135 mm
In a word, we'd better not make the shooting seem too serious. Photography is a relaxed and happy thing. If we can adjust the atmosphere well, the efficiency of our shooting will improve a lot.~