How to Make Influential Emotional Portraits
- Dec 02, 2019
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This is a series of wedding photography lessons. Before that, we focused on how to use light to make movies moving portraits, and how to increase the film feeling through composition. In this episode, we will talk about how to record the real and natural state of the characters and make infectious emotional shots.
Italian countryside, sunset, a golden, very suitable for taking beautiful and affectionate photographs. Several details should be paid attention to when photographing the intimate embrace with backlight: the abdomen should be close to each other, the arms of the two people should be adjusted to the most comfortable position, so as to avoid sunshine just in the middle of the gap between the two people. I let the groom stick his mouth to the bride's eyebrows, put one hand around the bride's neck and touch the hair tips, and the intimacy naturally comes out.
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Similar to film creation, travel shooting needs scene arrangement and story setting, but the newcomers are not professional actors, so the situation setting should be reasonable in order to let the real and delicate emotions naturally emerge. I offer a practical and easy way to do it, which is to "get things moving". Generally speaking, at the beginning of filming, people are more nervous and can not be released. At this time, we can take some dynamic pictures first. People are easier to relax and invest in games and sports, such as running hand in hand, hugging and turning around, and carrying the bride. Similar to these "bridge sections" will make the new couple relax quickly and enjoy themselves. At this time, the expression and state displayed are real, natural and happy. The photographer just needs to be ready for the snapshot. Guidance and speaking skills are also important. Easy and comfortable communication will make communication more effective and the shooting intention more accurate. Guidance is not simply to instruct or ask new people how to express their emotions, but to let them enjoy the game you designed, whether they can capture the desired picture depends on whether the game is really fun.
Designing a dynamic bridge segment to capture the real moments revealed naturally Easy, humorous, enthusiastic, more encouragement, less instructions, cultivating tacit understanding with new people Guiding people to engage in the scene, performing in their own colors, rather than directly laughing posture Adjusting the camera, ready to snap at any time●， ●、、，、， ●，，“”“” ●，
It's very hot in Mauritius. In order to make the bride more relaxed, I asked the groom to change into a slipper-back bride. Because you know that slippers will fall out within a few steps, then you just need to use a long focal lens to capture them in the distance, and their expressions will be very vivid and real. Many times, we have to consciously create some "Liben" often let people naturally put in.
There are many pigeons in Sydney's roadside lounge. They will come and grab as long as they throw some food. So I designed a small game, the bride keeps throwing food, and the groom is responsible for cutting off the food from the air and not letting it fall to the ground. The process of the game will naturally bring joy, real mood and unexpected moments.
Brighton's Street Park. The weather in Britain is often gloomy and windy. When arranging the composition of the picture, we should consider the direction of the wind and prepare for continuous shooting. I asked them to walk hand in hand and look back at it anytime. Just move up the instant smile is the most natural, pay attention to capture. The range of human action does not need to be too large, the wind blowing the hair itself will strengthen this momentum, coupled with a happy smile, so that the picture presents a real appeal.
This is the swimming pool of the Long Beach Island Hotel. At noon, when the sun is hot, the light ratio is very large. In order to make the facial light of the characters receive better light, it is necessary to guide the new people to look up. At that time, there were four big sprinklers in the pool. The couple were arranged in the middle. The water droplets scattered on the surface of the pool would also splash into the eyes. It was uncomfortable and funny. During the process, it needed constant encouragement from the photographer. This is one of the series, the mood is natural and tense.
At seven o'clock in the evening, on the outskirts of Pienza, Italy, the sunset glows all over the sky, soft and warm, romantic. The groom holds the bride and spins. At this time, there is no need to think too much about the expression, as long as he enjoys it, the action range is larger, so that the wedding dress can float as far as possible. The final smile is very moving, and a picture full of happiness emerges spontaneously. Automatic focusing under backlight is not very accurate, so manual focusing is recommended. In order to preserve the overall atmosphere at that time, no light was added to the characters.
The park near Melbourne City Hall is warm and beautiful in the evening sunset. The couples hug each other and play intimately. Within a few moments, the funny movements make them laugh up and down. In the real moment of snapping and playing, the beating mood is very appealing.
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Emotions are the soul of a photograph, and they are the most resonant. In addition to playing and laughing, couples are more in a quiet and delicate state, or affectionate, or tender, or emotional. However, tranquil atmosphere is more difficult to grasp than bold and lively snapshots. Generally quiet emotional films are best arranged to shoot in the middle and later stages of the journey. At this time, the newcomer has established a familiarity and trust with the photographer, and can face the lens more naturally and relaxedly. Usually when taking such kind of photos, I will use 45mm axis shifting lens and 50mm standard lens. First, it is not easy to produce distortion, second, it can keep a good distance from the subject, but also has a good depth of field effect, which makes the picture produce illusory and real changes. The delicate expression of the characters is the most important, and the eyes and mouth are the key, the performance in place will make the whole picture alive. In addition, in order to create a sense of happiness that can arouse resonance or even touch people's hearts, "one minus one plus" is very important, reducing all the tedious elements, focusing on the characters; what is added is the atmosphere, using light and shadow, scenes to foil people's emotions. This is also one of the important factors that make photographs feel like movies.
Arrange shooting in the middle and back of the journey as far as possible. Create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of solitude for the new couple. Axis shifting lens and standard lens are more conducive to expressing delicate mood. Eyes and mouth are the key to expressing.● ●、 ● ●
In front of an Italian castle, I used a 50mm focal lens with a large aperture to show the emotions of the characters. The castle and the sky as the background, have a kind of magnificent and far-reaching meaning. Two people look at the same place, which is also an interaction on the line of sight, which brings the viewer's attention out of the picture. The bride's smile is elegant and natural, which echoes the groom's emptiness and reality. The picture is simple and full.
Five fishing villages in Italy in summer, more than 4 p.m. From this ancient building, you can see the scenery of the sea. Occasionally, boats pass by. I want to integrate the quiet beauty of the characters with the boats passing by the sea and add the dynamic factors in the static picture. The headdress hangs on the surface of the rough wall, showing a sense of dancing aroused by the wind. In the hot sun, it is a good way to close your eyes. The corners of your mouth rise slightly and immerse in your own world.
Mauritius has a strong sense of hierarchy in the sky. It takes the clouds as the background to shoot, and the tenderness of the lover merges into the sky. It produces a kind of film screen feeling of light clouds, gentle and water-like. After the character hugs, you can make fun of them and relax them by laughing. The groom's lips are slightly open, the strength of the embrace is from loose to tight, to feel each other attentively. When snapping, pay attention to seize the opportunity, the range of smiles should be just right, can not show the white eyes.
The Loire Valley in France has soft sunshine and gentle breeze. At this time, the groom is changing clothes, the bride leans on the bridge railing and looks at the distance quietly. The picture is very beautiful. The wind disturbs the hair, and there is movement in the silence, a kind of indifferent beauty with emotional pulse. The key is to pay attention to the direction of the eyes, not to leave too much white eyes, lip relaxation slightly open, you can get a natural, satisfactory film.
At sunset in London in summer, the sunset is reflected on the tower bridge, showing a retro golden texture. The whole environment is quiet, aesthetic and artistic conception is strong. The bride looks into the distance and the groom looks down. This gesture conveys a sense of security. Use the shifting lens to shoot, making the picture like a fairy tale. This kind of state is not difficult to photograph, but depends more on the photographer's aesthetic and experience.
Icelandic horses are small and stand at the same height as human beings. And Icelandic horses are very gentle, very close, the bride holding two horses, gradually tightening the reins, close to themselves, and then gently leaning her head on a horse, showing a very quiet state. When it is difficult to adjust the delicate emotions of the characters, close your eyes and raise your lips slightly is a good way to control them.
If motion is the most effective way to break embarrassing expressions, then "good weather" is the most powerful pusher to capture moving emotions. Most people define good weather as sunny, windy and pleasant, but in my opinion, those harsh and harsh weather conditions are the "good weather" for emotional blockbusters. Photographers should be good at grasping these special weather conditions and properly using the environment and light to foil the emotions of the characters. Different weather can instinctively produce the special state and emotional reaction in this environment. For example, people will tighten their bodies and clench their teeth in the cold, squint their eyes when the wind is strong, and pluck their hair with their hands. Under the warm sunset, everything will show a relaxed state. In the outline of dreams, people will also relax. And imagination. Grasp the shooting skills of the characters under various weather conditions, change the unfavorable weather factors into a good opportunity to express the mood and atmosphere, reduce the unnecessary guidance, and let the characters show their proper state in this environment.
The sunset's backlight is the best romantic scene. Don't let go of the moment when the wind blows the hair in disorder. Grasp the real emotion expressed in the cold rainy weather. Pay attention to the shooting angle and don't show white eyes. The corners of the mouth should be slightly open or raised.● ● ● ●，
In September, in Copenhagen's parks, the ice-cream car looks fantastic in the sunset, adjusting its angle so that the sunset is just blocked by the car body, when the overflow of golden light is very beautiful. The bride leans against the ice cream truck, closes her eyes and smiles. The groom hugs the bride's waist, bends his arms and leans forward as if to kiss the bride. This fairy tale atmosphere in the sunset is enhanced by the use of axis shifting lens.
The summer sunset in Copenhagen is beautiful, but the filming of silhouettes condenses the happiness that we want to convey. Most of the time, you don't need to tell the new person what posture you want, just set up a situation. I let them enjoy the sunset, play games, and the groom leads the bride around in circles. Don't go too fast. Pay attention to snapping when both of them turn sideways. Manual focusing should be set when shooting under large backlight.
In shooting in Iceland, overcoming the cold is the first task, but sometimes showing the real state of the moment naturally makes the picture more interesting. In the ice and snow environment, the bride's hair was disturbed by the wind, and she held herself in her hands as if it would be warmer. At this time, we need to remind you to keep the corners of your mouth up as much as possible, and to contrast with the cold environment with a slight smile, the emotional tension is more.
In July, in the suburbs of Melbourne, it was winter. The temperature was very low, the weather was gloomy, the wind was getting stronger and stronger, and it rained. I wanted to shoot close-range emotional movies with a 50mm lens, so I let the girl walk slowly against the wind and look back in time. Wind will blow the tip of the development, do not go too fast, she strides the first two steps of the time point most natural, waiting for the opportunity to capture, slightly shrug shoulders is the real reaction of people in cold environment.
At 5 p.m. in Okinawa, sunlight passes through dense clouds and spreads over the sea. The wind scatters light like a large light shed, which is suitable for capturing emotional films. There's no need to tangle your hair with the wind. Sometimes it's more relaxing. They walked slowly to the left side of the picture hand in hand, and the bride looked back at the groom, showing her natural joy. Grasp the composition and take pictures. Finally, choose the best one with the best hair and smile.
In the cold rainy day shooting, one can let the characters naturally show the state of cold, grasp a kind of blurred artistic conception beauty, and the other can let couples snuggle together, making use of the warmth of the characters and the cold of the environment to form a contrast. It was cold and windy when shooting. The groom hugged the bride while fixing the flying hair with his hands, so that it was not too messy and blocked the face of the characters. It is often easier to capture real emotions in special weather conditions.