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- Oct 17, 2019
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What is Creative Photography
The biggest difference between creative photography and snapshot is the preparation process before shooting. In order to take a creative photograph, we need to determine the theme, shooting venue, props, models, clothes, hairstyles and make-up, which is very different from the snapshot that does not need preparation at all. Although the preparation process is a bit cumbersome, it is not necessarily a disadvantage, but may become an advantage. Because the photographer can be more clear in the preparation process of shooting objectives, will not give up halfway, and after shooting preparation, often can take a good work. A snapshot is a photograph taken with the fastest speed aimed at a moving person. The person being photographed does not have to do any deduction, because the purpose of capturing is to capture the natural movements and expressions of the characters. Creative pictures (ideas, ideas, concepts, etc. expressed in works, products and performances) contain many ideas and ideas, as well as precise calculations. Creative photography is not so much the process of taking photos as the precise preparation process. It is just like making ceramic crafts. Only by continuous calcination can we produce the most beautiful works. We don't want to pursue the perfect image from the beginning. Step by step is the most important thing. Identify the shooting object and theme; find the shooting site; consider the composition and shooting angle, and arrange the model to the appropriate location; measure the amount of light according to the direction of light, adjust the amount of light using the lighting lamp and reflector; purchase props or hand-made props; determine the model's clothing, hairstyle and makeup. Every time a photographer goes through such a process, he or she will master some skills, which are his or her precious wealth. In creative photography, the first stage is to master the mechanical principle of the camera and be skilled in using the camera. The second stage is to compose and select the background according to the theme and use light flexibly. The third stage is to put ideas and ideas into action. We have learned the first two stages in Chapter 1. From now on, we will learn the third stage.
Creative Photo Shooting Process
From snapshot to creative photography, do you feel confused? Understanding the whole process of creative photography and then starting to create, is better than not knowing anything about it. I believe that through the study of this section, you will be able to master creative photography methods. This section will also introduce the methods of determining the object of shooting, determining the subject of shooting, drawing the sketch of shooting and making the shooting plan. How to choose a model that fits the theme? What are the preparations for creative photography? What is the core content to be determined when shooting on the spot? These issues will also be addressed in this section. Through this photo of "Travel Notes of the Devil Woman I", I will briefly introduce the whole shooting process for you, and explain each link in detail. In order to complete the shooting, the first consideration is to determine the shooting object. When I listened to the radio on my way home from work, I happened to hear Kona's song "The Travel of the Devil Woman". I hummed the familiar song, "The Devil? Travel? Where to?..." These questions gradually shaped my creative thinking. In my mind, I decided on the object of the shooting and designed the theme as "The Travel Notes of the Magic Woman". In order to concretize the idea, I repeatedly drew various design schemes on paper, and finally completed the shooting sketch. After drawing the sketch, we should start to draw up the shooting plan, contact the model that meets the theme, explain the shooting theme to the model in detail, and then make preparations before shooting. I bought balloons 90 cm in diameter on the Internet, and prepared hats and umbrellas. On the day of filming, I filled the balloon with helium for use in filming.
Travel Notes of the Devil Woman I
After arriving at the shooting site, the Ewangli Sea Bath, I selected the right location and explained the movement and posture to the model again before shooting. After several modifications and additions, I finally took the ideal picture. The above is to introduce the process of filming The Travel of the Devil Woman. Next, I will introduce each link of creative photography in detail.
Identify the subject of the shoot
If the photographer is confused about the content of the shoot, the first rule to solve this problem is to determine the object of the shoot. Creative photography can start with small objects or grand ideas, and then start with details. I suggest that beginners start with creative photography. When choosing the object of shooting, don't choose the object that is too big or too far away, but begin to conceive from the familiar things around you. The photo in the upper left corner of the next page is a creative shoot of common bubble gum. Following is the shooting plan for the theme of "Bubble". Target: Bubblegum Subject: Bubble Film plan: not only to highlight the theme, but also to express the feeling of "using my breath, let you touch the sky". Models: Carefully blowing bubbles that are about to burst up. Clothing: Red scarf for black background props: bubble gum (to blow out bubbles, chew more than five pieces of bubble gum at a time) In order to highlight the model and the subject, I used black background (using black cloth as background) to make the background simple. The combination of red and black can make the picture more harmonious, so I let the model wear a red scarf. After defining the object and theme of the shooting, after simple preparation, I completed this creative photography. We can easily try creative photography with a variety of objects that we can easily find around us.
Determine the subject of the shoot
After determining the shooting object, we must enter the stage of conceiving the theme through the object. What kind of ideas and ideas come into your mind when you see the subject? These ideas and ideas will help you identify the theme. The theme is a story, which contains the thoughts of the photograph. When people see pictures, it's not just "Wow! It's really handsome or beautiful! Such a response will also reflect deeply on "what does a photograph want to express?" "Why is the expression like this?" Or "It was because of this that the theme was chosen", which proves that the theme has been fully expressed. When shooting the same theme, who can produce more innovative and creative works? It all depends on the individual imagination of the photographer. Imagination allows all kinds of ideas to flow out and be expressed through photography. The process of conceiving a subject through the subject is as important as the process of shooting. When a photograph has a theme, it means that the story is incorporated into the photograph. For example, when the subject is designated as "flower", different photographers can take countless pictures, because everyone has different understanding of the subject. Therefore, when determining the theme, the more specific the theme is, the better. How to express and depict the theme? What thoughts should be expressed? In conceiving themes, we should give full consideration to these issues. The two pictures on the next page are all about flowers, but they show totally different themes. On a sunny April day, I saw Magnolia blooming on the roadside, and a story suddenly appeared in my mind. According to legend, Magnolia represents human eyes and ears. In order to describe the story of "fantastic flowers", I found a model that can express this kind of atmosphere well. In order to depict the theme, I used body paints and black cloth as the background, so that the viewer can focus on the model and magnolia. In order to express the wonderful feeling, I also used the reflection on the surface of the water. Finally, I used the common magnolia to show the theme of "Wonderful Flower Story" and took creative pictures with unique style. Target: Flowers. Filming plan: Flowers as the material, with the theme of "Wonderful Flowers Story". Props: magnolia, body paint, paintbrush, black cloth, double-sided glue
The Story of Wonderful Flowers
On the right is a creative photograph that compares love to "flower". Compared with the fragrant but easily withered flower-like love, the fake flower-like love without fragrance can always stay with you and accompany you is more desirable. This creative photo is a good representation of the theme. Target: Flowers. Filming plan: to use silk flowers to express the theme of "never-fading love". Props: silk flowers
Love Never Dies
How to interpret the subject? How to express the theme? These will determine whether photographs can be creative, novel and unique. The process of injecting vitality into the shooting object is the process of determining the subject through the shooting object.
Drawing and shooting sketches
After identifying the subjects and subjects, we need to specify them, that is, to express our ideas clearly, just like looking at the pictures that have been taken to illustrate them. Only by describing the posture, position, space and prop placement of the model as specifically as possible can the shooting content be clearly defined and the theme be correctly understood by the model. Drawing a photographic sketch is simply describing the content of the photograph with a picture. Before each shoot, I will draw a good sketch, so as to organize the ideas, but also easy to explain the shooting requirements to the model, which is conducive to both sides of the shoot resonance. It doesn't matter whether the sketch is good or not, as long as it can present all the information needed for shooting. A sketch represents a creative photograph. In the shooting scene, sketch is equivalent to architectural design, because it directly reflects the photographer's shooting intentions. Here's a sketch of the shooting of The Conqueror. Although it looks funny, all the information needed for shooting is reflected in the sketch, including the shooting site, props, models'hairstyles and clothes.
Sketches of the Conqueror
Make a shooting plan
To make a shooting plan is to integrate the imagined subjects, themes and sketches. Making a shooting plan can concretize the photographer's own ideas, facilitate the preparation work, and help the photographer who has just started to learn creative photography. Some people may question it, but after many years of teaching, this method is absolutely effective. After accumulating a lot of shooting experience, it will become a habit to implement these methods and steps, and then the photographer may no longer need to write a plan. However, in order to improve the quality of photos, I hope you can use this method more. Making a shooting plan can use words to summarize the pictures, images and ideas in your mind. In addition, we can also send the shooting plan to the model in advance, and then confirm the details by phone, so that we can prepare for more detailed shooting. Before making a shooting plan, the theme and shooting content may be more general and abstract, but the process of making a shooting plan is a concrete process, which allows us to carefully consider the details of shooting. Creative photography is no different from snapshots if you don't make specific preparations and just want to improvise. After repeated formulation and revision of the shooting plan, various shooting details can be deeply engraved in our mind. Repeat this process persistently, and we'll be able to figure out what we're going to shoot.
To make a shooting plan, you can refer to the following. Date of shooting: The weather should be known in advance. Shooting time: The start and end of shooting (including preparation time) and the arrival time of the model. Targets: such as "two models", "one model + puppy", "one male model + one female model" and so on. Subject (Creativity): It can be a word or a word. Shooting content (story): The content or story to be represented by a photograph. Model: Determine the feeling and temperament of the model suitable for this shoot. It's very helpful to find the right model. Hair Style: The hairstyle required by a model, such as "turn-ups (self-resolving)", means that the model turns-ups himself. If you need a model to go to the styling studio to do a hairstyle, you will change "self-solving" to "styling studio". Makeup: The model's makeup should also indicate whether the model makes up herself or goes to the modelling studio to make up. Projects (Preparations): The clothing of the model and the props needed for shooting. Writing down the necessary props and preparing carefully will help to complete the shooting smoothly. Filming site: The impression and address of the filming site. Note: Other details to consider when shooting. Lens: Choose the lens needed for shooting. It also means that the photographer has decided how to shoot. Composition and shooting angle: Look at the shooting sketch and record the composition and shooting angle, which will help shooting on site. Other equipment: other equipment needed for shooting, such as reflector, flash, lighting, tripod, etc.
The following shooting plan was made by the participants in the photography training course. This time the theme is "escape".
Shooting time: 17:00-19:00 shooting object: a model shooting theme (creativity): escape shooting content (story): escape from the dull daily life, to find free models (feeling, temperament): with urban intellectual women's able temperament hairstyle: hair (self-resolving) makeup: sexy urban women Light smoke makeup (self-resolving) props (preparation items): dresses, shirts, handbags, mobile phones, high-heeled shoe shooting venues: Note between high-rise buildings: If models can not make up themselves, make-up lens in the modeling studio: Canon 16-35 mm (wide angle shooting) composition, shooting angle: look up, from 5: The feeling of running towards 10 o'clock in the direction of one o'clock: Reflector
Use the shooting sketch and shooting plan to reach a consensus with the model, then purchase or make props and select the shooting site. Although the shooting plan can be written on a note, if it is recorded in a fixed folder of the computer, it will gradually form a creative warehouse for future use.
Reaching Creative Consensus with Models
Professional models VS amateur models many beginners shoot aimlessly and at a loss. If the partner is a professional model, he will be guided by the other side to shoot, so it is difficult to improve his photography level. Therefore, I suggest that beginners try to work with amateur models. For beginners who want to accumulate experience, long-term cooperation with amateur models is a very fortunate thing. Some photographers don't like to work with the same model for a long time, and they don't want to shoot repeatedly in the same shooting venue, probably because they don't feel fresh. However, baseball pitchers need to practice innumerable times in order to practice a good pitching posture, and golfers practice hundreds of times the same swing every day for a reason. Persisting in shooting the same model for a long time actually allows you to try different shooting methods, because even if you are the same model, the photographer can take photos that feel totally different according to different themes and interpretations. Beginners should try to cooperate with amateur models more, because such cooperation brings less financial burden to beginners, can last for a long time, and the performance of models is more tense. As long as the shooting atmosphere is relaxed and natural, it is not difficult for beginners to create ideal works. Of course, successful photographers are surrounded by professional models with outstanding performances, and pleasant and tacit cooperation is also the prerequisite for making ideal works. When a professional model can deeply understand and successfully deduce the shooting theme, the photographer can reduce the number of shooting times and complete the shooting task quickly and successfully. Models have different personalities and temperaments, so the more models photographers have worked with, the more creative photographs they can produce. The vigorous creative activities and the improvement of shooting skills are in direct proportion to the growth of the number of models. Therefore, it is very important to increase the number of models in time. Hear "As long as the model is beautiful, can you make a good picture?" My answer to this question is always "No". I don't deny that the beauty of a model contributes to photography, but rather to the suitability of a model for creative photography. Beautiful models will certainly bring good images for photography, but in creative photography, the most important criterion for choosing models is the fit between models and themes. The choice of models that complement the subject reflects the photographer's vision and ability.
Catch the Rainbow
The picture above shows how the model jumps up and grabs an umbrella in mid-air. When choosing a model, I want to check whether the jumping power and limb movements of the model meet my requirements. If the model's jumping ability is not enough, it needs to be replaced after several shoots. In short, the selection of creative photography models is based on whether the model can perfectly reflect the shooting theme.
The relationship between models and creativity can be roughly divided into two categories: one is to find suitable models based on creativity, the other is to conceive ideas based on models. As I mentioned earlier, the easiest way to conceive creativity is to start with the subject. The creative idea of taking the model as the object of shooting is to apply the advantages and temperament of the model itself to the creativity, such as making use of the model's body characteristics, sports ability, hobbies, professions, powerful temperament, lovely and fresh temperament, etc. This is a very interesting job. Look at me in the upper right corner of the next page is to conceive creative works after identifying models. The first impression that this model gave me was not gentle and lovely, but more suitable for taking rough and creative photographs. Her figure was great and her ankle tattoo was impressive, so I decided to show both characteristics at the same time. After many attempts, I finally made a more satisfactory work.
Models are partners in the process of collaboration with models, photographers need to focus on the most important issue is to reach consensus. Creative photography is the joint creation of photographers and models, so only when the two sides cooperate tacitly, can a good work be produced. The photographer should communicate with the model, discuss and exchange views with the model after confirming the creativity, and accurately convey his shooting intention, so that the model can fully understand the role he should play through specific and detailed explanations. At this time, shooting sketches and shooting plans will be of great help to the explanation. The photographer should show the model the sketch and know how to shoot, which part should be paid more attention to. If the model does not fully understand, the photographer will not be photographed. In addition, the photographer must let the model fully understand the feeling, atmosphere, theme and thought of the photograph, and make the model resonate. Character photography is not the work of the photographer alone, but the joint creative activities that the photographer and the model must carry out together, so the tacit understanding between the two sides is very important. Both sides should cultivate tacit cooperation based on mutual trust.
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