Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

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To ask the secret of making a good picture, the answer may be to spend other people's sleeping time in photography! Still complaining about time being robbed and not sleeping enough, it's better to get up and take pictures. In the cold winter morning, how to use the weak light at dawn to show the cold morning atmosphere? Photographer Rou 7 illustrates the secret of shooting with his homepage work Haizhuqiao Zero Celsius as an example.

Preliminary preparationPreliminary preparation

It is estimated that many portrait photographers rarely take pictures in the morning, because this is not unilateral wishes can be implemented, but also take into account models, makeup artists and others. So before filming, be sure to find someone who will go crazy with you. And this time when I was shooting this series of films, the difficulty suddenly increased a lot, because it happened to be the coldest days in Guangzhou, and 5, 6 o'clock was also the coldest time of the day. And I was afraid that I would not wake up after half sleep that day, so I stayed up all night and stayed up very uncomfortable. My friends who watched the ball should feel it.

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

So coffee is indispensable, occasionally destroying one's own life, also can't go too far.

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Make up at 5:30 in the morning.

Using Street Lamp to Decorate Pictures and Light DistributionUsing Street Lamp to Decorate Pictures and Light Distribution

I chose Haizhu Bridge, a landmark bridge in Guangzhou. There were many people and cars in the daytime, so it was difficult to shoot well, so this was also the reason why I had to choose to shoot at dawn. At 6:20, the sky began to brighten and the distant horizon was pink. At this time, there is no environmental light source, so the face of the model is black, and can only be supplemented by street lights. Street lamp belongs to the top light. If a person's face does not rise up, the light source will not play a very important role, because everyone knows that the top light will photograph a person's face extremely ugly.

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Author of Haizhuqiao Zero Celsius: Rou 7

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Lighting layout of shooting scene

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Lighting layout of shooting scene

Weak natural light reflects the cold morning atmosphereWeak natural light reflects the cold morning atmosphere

At 6:30, only 10 minutes later, the sky was on, and the street lights were off. There was no artificial light source, so we could only use natural light to shoot. Why not use a flash? Because shooting in this environment pursues the sense of light in the morning, artificial flash will only destroy this natural atmosphere. The Pearl River below serves as a large area of background to reflect the morning light. Setting off the atmosphere of dawn at that time.

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Author of Haizhuqiao Zero Celsius: Rou 7

When the temperature was only a few degrees, the model naturally felt very cold, so let the model run a little. Take a moment of accidental turning back, there is this film. The shutter is not too fast, the light can not be set too fast, so come out a little exciting, behind the lights, and the large area of the sky pink account for the early morning shooting time.

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Author of Haizhuqiao Zero Celsius: Rou 7

Long Focus Viewing Highlights the Sense of ExtensionLong Focus Viewing Highlights the Sense of Extension

As I said before, keeping the atmosphere is not suitable for flash. Large aperture lens is indispensable in weak light. I use the long focal end of small white to compress and visualize the background, making the characters more prominent in the picture. When I compose the picture, I notice the stretch of the light above, which makes the picture more interesting.

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Author of Haizhuqiao Zero Celsius: Rou 7

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Shooting site

Soft warmth with the backlight of the rising sunSoft warmth with the backlight of the rising sun

It starts at 7:20. The sun shines through the cracks in the back of the building. I decided to let the sunshine rush into the lens directly against the light. Although the light shines directly into the lens at this time, it is not so strong, so the ratio of the light rushed out is still very soft. This node shooting must grasp the time, the sun rises very fast, almost 4 or 5 minutes later the sun will rise completely, so you must grasp the time!

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Author of Haizhuqiao Zero Celsius: Rou 7

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Author of Haizhuqiao Zero Celsius: Rou 7

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Shooting site

Large areas of the sky show a growing blue skyLarge areas of the sky show a growing blue sky

At 8 o'clock, I stood under the Haizhu Bridge and took a long focal photo. By this time the sun had risen, but it was not very high. The sun was behind the side. I took this picture with a half-silhouette exposure to highlight the outline of the characters. Pay attention to the gradual change from bright white to light blue in the sky, and accurately explain the time and environment.

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Author of Haizhuqiao Zero Celsius: Rou 7

Sharing the Heart of Weak Light Portraits in the Early Morning

Shooting site


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