Skills and Experiences in Street Documentary Photography
- Oct 17, 2019
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Snapshot and Photography
Photographs need to be communicated with others, and documentary photography is the same. The so-called "snapping is the real" argument is one-sided. Through the history of photography, we will find that many works of documentary photography are taken after communicating with the subject. There are many examples abroad, such as "Miners" in the Song Dynasty. In China, when you ask some people what kind of works they like to shoot, many people will say documentary, because many people avoid their communication skills and outdated ideas. They think that documentary photography can be rough without quality. They just need to grasp the theme and click on it. If you often look at foreign photography, you will know that documentary photography is just very difficult, and has long been not a casual form of capture, but more and more emphasis on quality, superb technical background is not only the need for commercial photography, but also the basic skills of photography in the contemporary era. Of course, this is a bit far, but what I want to talk to you is that documentary photography is no longer a simple street sweep, communication skills are the basic abilities of all photographers. In addition to snapping, you can try other ways.
At first, when I was shooting the subway theme, the most common problem I encountered was that I was easily blinded by others. After all, it was uncomfortable to put it in front of anyone. Later, I talked to a director about this problem. He said that the communication of documentary photography before or after is of secondary importance, and the most important thing is to respect others, if only holding on to others. The stealing mentality of taking pictures is not very good. Be bold to shoot. If someone is white-eyed, explain it with a smile. Others can communicate before shooting.
PS: It's easy to get a blank eye when taking pictures of others, which actually reflects that many photographers do not have a respectful attitude when taking pictures at present. So it has this effect. For you to say that I am sorry to shoot for fear of other people's blindness, this I also have this problem, but now better, in fact, the most critical thing is to shoot only think about the things in your lens, other do not want to, slowly.
Instruments and Technology
Others say that using long focal length to shoot to avoid the problem of being white-eyed, but this also has a different situation, because different focal lengths will directly affect the perspective relationship, many people feel that zooming is convenient, people do not need to change places, but in fact, when using different focal lengths to shoot the same person and the background ratio, the perspective will be very different. It directly affects the picture expression. Just take a shot and you'll see. So some people can't take a good picture because they don't understand the focal length thoroughly, because perspective affects the picture.
Then there's focusing, a slightly better lens, which has something like a vernier caliper on it. In fact, it's focusing. That is to say, if you are skilled enough to know the distance when you see the object, you can take pictures without looking at the viewfinder and directly adjusting the focus of the focusing ring. This can avoid many problems, and other people will not feel that you are taking pictures. Of course, this requires exercise.
Finally, there is another point that documentary photography does not have to use SLRs, after all, SLRs are large in volume, because they need to be very close to the subject sometimes, which will cause great pressure on people. And now there are many high-quality micro-single power, aperture shutter is good and expensive, the machine is not everything, there has been a group of foreign works are blurred processing, you see or will know the content of the photograph and reflected events, what he conveys is that the high-pixel impact on the nature of photography is very real. Less.