Six considerations may be overlooked in portrait shooting
- Dec 02, 2019
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In fact, there are some basic techniques in any subject matter of photography. Whether you shoot the object or the subject, use equipment or location, you should consider them. Even professional photographers may ignore some basic rules. Take a look at photographer Ed Gregory's sharing, in which he put forward a lot of attention points for portrait shooting, which is very worthy of reference.
When you choose the location of the portrait, make sure that the model is not in direct sunlight, preferably in a cool or dark environment. In addition, when shooting, we should avoid taking complex background, and choose a simple background without distracting the audience.
Don't choose to shoot in too strong sunlight
Suggestions for finding a cool or dark environment
Demonstrate how to shoot
Pay attention to the quality of light, for example, is it ideal to shoot in strong light at noon? Instead, try to use a place close to the door or window to capture light that slightly enters the room, evenly with less shadow. Of course, we should make good use of reflective panels to fill shadows.
The photographer arranged the model to shade in the room and face the sunshine.
Meanwhile, the model is instructed to hold the reflector in her hand and bend upward slightly so that the light can be concentrated on her face and the shadow can be reduced.
The shooting effect is as follows:
For general portraits, the photographer suggests trying several shots from the same angle as the theme, for example, shooting from a higher angle will convey a sense of innocence (do not understand? You can learn a little from the cover of A. Well, a lower angle makes you feel "mighty" (like a superhero movie poster). If your method of shooting is more commercial, these effects are actually desirable, otherwise the angle should be chosen appropriately. Ed Gregory refers to trying to achieve the same height as a model.
He demonstrated half squat shooting to get closer to the model's height.
He shared previous dance clips, which deliberately took a lower angle to highlight the dancer's shock:
When shooting with a large aperture, Ed Gregory recommends avoiding using a larger aperture than f/2.8 (what? Isn't it that the bigger the aperture, the better for taking shallow depth-of-field portraits? Especially when shooting "Big Head". Originally, his aim was to ensure that the subject's eyes remained sharp and avoid out-of-focus errors caused by too large aperture, because the eyes were always the focus of the audience's first sight.
This may not be the same as some photographers'requirements for portrait shooting, but in fact, proper tailoring can save you a lot of trouble, without avoiding the deliberate "avoid the heavy or light" around the shooting environment. In fact, photographers can reserve some space for later tailoring. When shooting, everyone may be inertially shooting "just right", as shown below.
For example, shoot as shown below, with a little more background space:
Easy to tailor appropriately, prevent in the future! It's better than just composing the picture and regretting when it can't be remedied later.
This may sound boring, but in fact this is the most important point. Before shooting, the photographer should make sure that he has the necessary equipment ready, plan a list of shots, even visit the shooting site in advance, conduct reconnaissance, familiarize himself with the terrain, and check the equipment carefully the day before and arrive early. These are not only the basic requirements of the filmmaker, but also responsible performance. Preparedness is important. It not only reassures you and your model, but also shows whether you have enough preparation for the results you shoot.
Taking outdoor shooting as an example, the importance of understanding terrain and shooting environment is proved.
Look, that's what he meant by "getting ready to play effectively":