Teach you how to make the most beautiful portraits in your travels
- Oct 25, 2019
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What kind of environment and posture is the most beautiful way to shoot a girl on a trip? Today, our beautiful photographer Liu Wen will take you all the way to take pictures, and share with you the techniques of portrait shooting and private collocation.
The travel equipment includes Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 50mm f/1.2USM, Shima 12-24mm f4.5 and Easy to Enjoy Wireless SD Card. Because it's a travel photography, for the sake of lightness, it doesn't carry too much heavy equipment. This trip chose to carry a wireless SD card, in order to facilitate the sending of micro-blog, micro-mail. And the 50mm lens is my usual portrait lens, because the picture has a calm narrative sense. The 12-24mm wide-angle lens is designed to include the environment when shooting characters, so that the picture has a more "travel on the road" sense of story.
Jungle + Seaside Combining Natural Landscape to Show Natural Beauty
Natural forest and seaside are the best places to shoot beautiful women in nature department, especially when the light falls on the models. Grasp the light and shadow, like shadow following form
Taking natural portraits in scenes like jungle and sea can make full use of the natural light in the environment. In order to show the tender side of a girl, the backlight or side backlight is usually used to create the picture.
The soft and warm light at sunrise and sunset is an excellent opportunity to shoot. Large aperture lenses can be used to evenly sprinkle light on the screen, which can give the screen a warm tone. Grasp every good light and shadow, and design the corresponding action for the model to show. For example, when light is projected through the layers of leaves, the model can be arranged in the direction of light, so that she can lie on the side of the tree root, showing a comfortable and natural state. The light shows a gentle ray effect due to the fog in the jungle.
The reason why I chose to shoot in the forest is that the leaves can weaken the light very well to create a fresh and soft picture. Of course, sometimes the time is not as you imagined obedience, if the light overflows the picture, the model's face will be completely submerged in the golden background light, resulting in blurred facial features. At this time, the model's head can be slightly obscured by some light sources, so that light can be emitted through the model's hair, forming a small warm light group, which can not only brighten her outline more clearly, but also can not appear five facial features are covered by light.
Smart use of props, integration of people and scenery
The most important thing about traveler portraits is to blend the characters with the beautiful scenery. The characters embellish the environment, and the environment makes the photos more "on the road" for traveling. Although the scenery of the jungle or the seaside is beautiful, it is easy to take a "visit here" type of photograph. Creativity, thematic photography, flexible use of props, in order to better leave the perfect picture in the journey.
In order to conceive the theme of taking photos for travel, we can start with the fashion design. Many girls choose to dress up in charge clothes and jeans for convenience while traveling, but the pictures taken in this way are easy to lack the unique aesthetic feeling of traveler portraits. If you want to take a beautiful portrait, you can match the corresponding clothes and prepare props according to the characteristics of the scenic spots.
Travel portraits always meet with beautiful scenery. We can take photos in combination with the environment. If we take a mid-range bust, we suggest that the mid-long focus lens avoid distortion and prevent the model's face from deforming due to the stretching effect of the wide-angle lens. In addition, small props such as cigarettes can also be used to enrich the shooting environment. Tobacco cake is cheap and easy to carry, and the smoke formed is like mist in the picture, which makes the original ordinary scene more fairy.
In order to make people more outstanding and have a stronger sense of expression, you should match bright lipstick and nail polish according to the environment and clothing at that time, because these two things can make your face and hands more prominent, no matter whether they are long-range or close range, they can make the characters firmly become the main body of the picture.
Big aperture shows the most beautiful side
To photograph traveling portraits, we need to combine the environment with the characters, and adorn the balanced environment by reasonably arranging the positions of the characters in the pictures. Of course, don't forget to capture the most beautiful side of the characters and record the face of the girl's youth. If your companion or model has delicate facial features, take her most beautiful bust photo or gentle side face.
In order to enrich the spacious background when taking close-range portraits, we can wait for the sunset and the clouds in the sky. At the same time, in order to simplify the picture, people can take half-body or side shots, I usually use a lens with a larger aperture, such as 50mm F1.2, large aperture, such as F1.4, F1.8, to ensure that the face of the characters is clear while achieving the effect of background visualization, so that the picture is more soft, highlighting the feminine temperament.
Later to build the portrait of cloudy sky
This photo was taken at dusk of cloudy day. Because of the heavy clouds in cloudy day, the color of the picture is cold and blue. The light in the distance is not obvious. The whole picture is gray and the layers are not clear. In order to solve this problem, we adopt the method of zonal color matching for the later stage.
1. Brighten up the whole picture with curve tool. When the curve is up-regulated, the high-light nodes can be properly depressed to avoid high-light spillover. At the same time, the shadow nodes should be properly upgraded to brighten the darkness and create a soft picture. In the "brightness/contrast" tool, the 3-5 block brightness should be properly strengthened to increase the picture permeability.
2. Use the "ctrl + Alt +" command and reverse selection to highlight the characters separately, and modify the layers and dress saturation.
3. The observation pictures show that the part of the sky is warm, while the part of the clouds is cold. We use the selection tool to select the skylight part and emerge, open the color balance tool in Photoshop, select highlights, adjust to red and yellow respectively, and strengthen the warm color. Then select the cloud part and adjust the middle part of the color balance tool to the blue direction to make the warm and cold contrast.
4. Select personage's face separately with the selection tool, then use the color balance tool to adjust the face to a colder tone and unify the picture.
Clothing Matching Tips
Colour collocation can make the characters more prominent. For example, in the simpler scenery of seaside, lakeside and desert, the main color clothes can be similar to the environment, while collocations such as scarves, bags and so on can be collided to add color to the monotonous picture without becoming confused.
Daytime + Night Smoke and Rain Town Creates Classical Beauty
The gentle town in the south of the Yangtze River has primitive scenes and is also the most suitable place to take pictures of beautiful travelers. The photographer will take you into the rain town to take pictures of beautiful women in classical style.
Typical scenes to create a classical atmosphere
Counting the charm of Jiangnan Town, the ancient small buildings are a typical scene. Let the model wear a light cheongsam, which matches the scene of the ancient town. Using the unique architectural element pattern in the south of the Yangtze River, the model is allowed to lean out of a window of the wooden building and hold the window frame to overlook the distance. Photographers take pictures from the other side of the window, which also includes wooden windows and characters, and also explains the characteristics of the town. The use of large aperture lens makes the wood window near the virtual, and arranges the characters in the golden segmentation position of the picture, which not only highlights the characters, but also can well balance the composition of the environment. Such a picture is full of classical flavor, as if telling the tranquil old days.
Clothing Matching Tips
Cheongsam is the most classical costume in China. It is very suitable to wear in the small town of Yanyu Jiangnan. With the oil-paper umbrella that can be bought in the shops around the town as props, the model can relax when designing the action for the model. The hands do not know how to put them, but also highlight the charm of the south of the Yangtze River. When choosing oil-paper umbrella, it can be combined with the fashion of clothing, which is suitable for shooting elegant high-profile pictures.
Creating Four Kinds of Pictures in the Same Environment
Simple conversion of composition allows you to play different tricks in the same scene. In addition to the rain lane of the ancient building, the printing and dyeing workshop is also a wonderful shooting scene. Don't be disturbed by the mess of the scene. We can guide the model and interact with cloth to design the action. For example, in Figures 1 to 4 on the left, the model either shuttles leisurely in the cloth strip, or holds the cloth in hand; or looks back lightly between the blue print cloth and fixes the moment when the cloth strip is blown by the wind with a fast shutter. Remember, if you want to take a beautiful portrait of a traveler, the best action we designed is related to the environmental characteristics, showing relaxation and naturalness, especially avoiding the "scissors" swimming posture.
In addition, it is recommended to use medium and long focal length to compress the space when shooting. The simplicity of the cloth strip itself can make the picture concise, and can also use a large aperture to shoot with the cloth surface as the foreground, so as to reduce the gap between the cloth strips, so that the picture level is rich, fully showing the beauty of blue printing. Attention should be paid to grasping the shooting angle so as to give full play to the advantages of medium and long focal length.
"Borrowing Light" to Create Nightscape Beauty
When night falls in the ancient town, the lights of all kinds of streets and alleys are lit up in the first place, and the running water float lamp makes the night decoration here permeable, it is the best time to shoot the night scene portrait. At this time, the lights can be used as a beautiful decoration of the picture, and the blue tone of the sky after sunset will make the color of the picture more beautiful. It's better to use a large aperture lens, which can make us get high quality pictures in a darker environment through hand-held shooting, and can bring beautiful out-of-focus. When shooting, the foreground can choose the place with more intensive lighting to form a good-looking spot outside focus. Or the hanging lamp as the foreground, through which to photograph the scenery on the other side of the river, to bring rich layers of decoration to the picture.
1. When leading a model to shoot a model, it can help her adjust the angle appropriately and show the most beautiful side. If you are shooting the rising side face, you might as well let the model's line of sight extend to the distance with a yearning mood. In the composition, you can leave a proper blank in the direction of the model's line of sight, giving the picture more imagination space. If you are shooting the low-angle side, you can let the model gently close their eyes and record "the tenderness of that bow".
2. Mobilizing the mood of the model is the soul of the portrait photograph, while traveling portrait photography should define the style and emotion of the photograph according to the shooting scene. What a photographer has to do is communicate with the model before shooting. In order to make the model more relaxed during shooting, it is better to make friends with her and bring her into your imaginary situation. The instant of snapping can make the portrait more natural. It can make the model look back at the camera or flick the skirt swing in the instant of running. It is more helpful to open the camera's continuous shooting function.