Photography Experience: Three Key Elements of Successful Photography
- Oct 25, 2019
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As the saying goes, success depends on weather, geography, people and people. It can also be applied to photography. A successful photograph also depends on weather (weather and time), geography (environment and subject), people (skills and equipment). How much does the proportion of weather, geography, people and each other account for? I think it's 40%, 35%, 25%. I believe that you may not agree with this ratio, please see my younger brother's foolish opinion. Every photo must have a subject or theme. My own view is that if the subject is beautiful, the photo will not be too far away (subject 35 + Weather 15 = 50 points will be qualified). Of course, excellent skills can make the subject more prominent, turning an ordinary picture into a beautiful one (50 points - & gt; 75 points).
Like this portrait, the location is Lingnan wind, with Chinese flavor, which is incompatible with the heroine's fashion sense, and the weather is not too good gray and dark. At that time, I was thinking that such a beautiful girl was the best material. In order to highlight this advantage, I excluded all other unnecessary things from the picture, and only retained the only most important element - the heroine, so I took a close-up for her. I'm not a sugar and water photographer myself, but as long as the protagonist is beautiful, a simple big head photo can also be beautiful.
Perhaps the reader will feel dissatisfied, it is necessary to have a beautiful subject in order to take beautiful photos. Is it not the subject (beautiful woman) first, the subject is not beautiful and can not take pictures? In fact, the uniqueness of aesthetics lies in the fact that each person has different principles of beauty and has his own set of aesthetic standards in his mind. Moreover, I believe that everything has a beautiful side, depending on whether you can see it or not. Like American Beauty, there is a plot I like very much: as long as I know how to appreciate it, even a garbage bag can be very beautiful. In the photographic world, looking for the beautiful side of things is a kind of photographic eye. What's the ratio of skills and equipment to 25%? The answer is 20% skill and 5% equipment. I always think that no matter what equipment you use, you can still get beautiful pictures. It's just the type of brand you use that makes you happier. Of course, some subjects require higher equipment (e.g. sports/ecology), but it does not mean that the use of entry-level equipment can not be achieved, but need higher skills to complement; the advantage of advanced equipment is to improve the ease of use and shooting success rate, and whether the photos are beautiful always depends on skills. This 5% is used to indicate whether to find equipment suitable for oneself and can be used with ease, not to represent the series of equipment (to talk about advanced equipment, you can go very high, very far, such as Hasellblad, Leica, Alpa, and other large and medium-sized equipment, it is extraordinary, harmful money). So, whether there really is such a thing as buying and delivering technology in this world, my answer is No. Nevertheless, I have no objection to the pursuit of equipment, because I also like to play with equipment, which is an interest, and the pursuit of skills are two different areas, and can complement each other. Man and man means man-machine integration. The equipment on hand has become a part of the photographer's body. Photography is as natural as breathing.
Assuming the location, the people and the full score, plus 15 days of weather (35 + 25 + 15 = 75), this is a very good picture. So, how to distribute good pictures and see the excellent works that make "WOW" sound? The answer is timing. Two aspects are discussed here: daylighting (20%) and decisive moments (20%). Photography is not so much about capturing the subject as capturing the light that hits the subject. Because what we see is light. Without light, we can see nothing. Light, however, varies with time and weather, producing different intensity, angle and temperature (color temperature), thus affecting the shooting effect. The difficulty of daylighting is that these changes are beyond our control and can only be accepted and strained (with the exception of artificial light sources). I believe you all have similar experience, travel to beautiful scenic spots, but when it rains, you can not take the photos you want and feel disappointed? In addition, sometimes it takes a lot of effort to find beautiful lights, such as Will Cho's Galaxy photos, which are impossible to see in the seriously damaged urban areas, to the suburbs such as Dongba, Dadongshan, etc., and to take pictures at night on clear days. (I also want to shoot the Milky Way, but I can't leave my wife and son. There's no way to T_T.)
As for decisive moments, this is the most difficult of all. Many times, wonderful moments, moments are gone, missed and no chance to take pictures. Many classical works in the history of photography capture decisive moments. Although I'm just a photography enthusiast, I don't have the touch of masters to capture moments, but I also share an unforgettable experience here. It was a beautiful snow trip in Hokkaido. We took part in the photo tour of the hotel. We left in the morning and arrived at the first scenic spot, Mei Ma Niu Primary School. The sky was cloudy and cloudy. I had a bad idea. The trip was more auspicious. Then we went to another famous scenic spot, Christmas Tree, the sky is still similar, although a little regrettable, but can personally enjoy the winter scenery of Hokkaido, we have been satisfied. At that moment, something magical happened. The weather began to clear up, gray disappeared, and blue began to show up. The clouds are still cloudy, but they have changed from gray to white. In front of us, a beautiful painting appeared. Like snow, the sky shows a pure white in soft light. And the Christmas tree lay quietly on the canvas, perfectly set off. While we feel the peaceful harmony, we admire the ingenious workmanship of nature. This photograph, for me, is not a chance, I do not know if there is a chance to see such a landscape again, take such a picture.