I’m Jingshu Zhu Jingshu, a photographer from Jiying AX. The holiday is approaching. I wrote this less serious article as a holiday gift.
Nowadays, the group of female landscape photographers is getting bigger and bigger, we I used the lens to record the magical and beautiful vast landscape, but my own photos are few. The main reason is that in the harsh outdoor conditions, regardless of clothing and makeup do not meet the photogenic standards, I have no intention of shooting.
How to take some beautiful photos with limited conditions during the shooting, here are some of my own experiences. But this is not an article about portrait photography, nor does it have any technology about portrait photography. This article just shares how to make use of strengths and avoid weaknesses to leave beautiful images when shooting outdoors and traveling.
The aesthetics are diversified, I personally don’t like that Traditional photos that smile at the camera don’t like people occupying too much area in the frame, so most of my photos are composed of small people and big scenes, and quite a few of them are faceless. If you accept and like this style, you can take a moment to continue reading.
As a photographer, shooting techniques such as framing, lighting, and composition are no longer difficult problems. The difficulty lies in outdoor clothing preparation, photogenic makeup and how to pose a pose. This article will share these three aspects.
The portability, color and style of clothing are the factors to be considered comprehensively. Whether in outdoor creation or travel shooting, wearing evening dresses and long tail skirts are all It’s unrealistic. The camera bag is already very heavy. If you drag a large bag of clothing, this burden will drag you down. Besides, I really don’t have the courage to wear a flowing veil in the ice and snow, so the clothing The reality is the primary consideration.
If the shooting is in a relatively hard and cold environment or requires hiking , It is not suitable to carry extra costume props, so I will choose the outerwear with brighter colors, which is easier to escape in nature. Yellow, red and bright blue are recommended.
When conditions permit and do not need to travel long distances, I also try to find ways to diversify the clothes, but the premise is that the clothes are small in size and light in weight and easy to carry. Although there is no way to put the tail-length skirt into the backpack, but you can still think of some alternative methods.
Buy a lightweight cloak. No matter how bloated you are, the cloak will immediately lift your body, which is especially suitable for cold outdoor environments. Note that the material must be thin and light. Do not buy woolen cloth. Although it is very warm, it is bulky and heavy and not suitable for carrying around.
Prepare some long yarn and put the yarn in the dark environment I don’t see what clothes or shoes I wear inside. Like the photo below, I wear outdoor hiking boots. I believe no one has noticed it. The advantage of the yarn is that the volume and weight of a piece of underwear are packed into the gap of the camera bag, and it is not a burden to carry it on the body.
to match the shooting environment and theme, bring a lightweight skirt. As shown in the picture below, I went to shoot sunflowers in summer and changed into skirts temporarily in the flower field. Because it is a skirt, I can only shoot half the body. I also wear outdoor pants and hiking shoes underneath. Please fill in the picture by yourself, don’t laugh!
If it’s a short-distance shooting around the city without hiking , I will also bring my long skirt to change on the spot, first take a few photos of myself before starting work.
The most comfortable way to shoot red leaves in autumn is to drive directly to the shooting location No need to hike. As long as the clothes are not too cumbersome, you can take care of both shooting and being photographed, so you don’t need to change clothes, just wear a skirt, and only wear a pair of high heels when taking pictures.
If none of the above is available, it would not trouble me. A few years ago, I went to Iceland as a walk-and-go trip. I conceived a picture of a red dress walking on the vast snow mountains, but what should I do if time is too short to buy clothes? With an idea, I went to the cloth shop and bought a big red cloth, draped it on my body, and fluttered in the wind. Very proud that no one saw the flaw.
It’s also the same when shooting makeup outside The big problem, the saying that plain makeup is natural beauty does not apply to photography. If plain makeup can be photogenic, then the celebrities and models are better-looking than us. Why do they have to put on makeup when photogenic?
Everyone who has studied makeup knows that the photogenic full makeup is not the same as the daily makeup, even if it is a familiar one, it takes more than an hour. Every day I wake up early and have a serious lack of sleep, and no one wants to get up an hour earlier to put on makeup. The easiest remedy is of course to take a back view, so I am honored to mention the reputation of “Queen of Shadows”.
Not showing up is not a long-term solution, fortunately we It is not portrait photography, not portrait photography. Putting people in the scene is a common shooting method when going out to create. The focus is on the beauty and magnificence of nature, and the characters can add highlights to the picture. The characters in this composition are just a small element in the picture, and they can’t see their faces at all, so they can’t be confused.
The above method is suitable for nature, but sometimes in the city Travel photography in China is not so vast. The proportion of people in the picture will increase due to geographical restrictions. I don’t like to always wear sunglasses to take pictures. At this time, you can use some props to cover it, such as a hat on a sunny day or a hat on a rainy day. With an umbrella, this way of covering also increases the fun and mystery.
For me, Pose is a really big problem. Behind the camera is the battlefield where I can move freely. Whenever I stand in front of the camera, I feel at a loss and nowhere to put my hands. Maybe most people have a similar awkward situation, and I really don’t have any omnipotent Pose to share, just talk about some of my own experience.
Some people say that the posture of taking pictures should be comfortable and natural. My understanding of this is that the model should look natural in the picture, and Pose may not be comfortable. For example, you must be comfortable with your stomach and waist collapsed, but it must be unsightly in the picture, and your chest and abdomen shape is very hard, but the photogenic is elegant. How to make a natural Pose requires certain practice.
If you are nervous and cramped while standing facing the camera, try to do some dynamic actions, such as walking, running, turning, turning back, etc., so that the photographer can take continuous shots and always catch some good moment.
is not suitable for dynamic In the case of capturing photos, find some supports, sitting and leaning against your stiff limbs.
When we are shooting outside, the camera must not leave the hand. You can also use this prop. Taking a work photo is the easiest pose.
The expression can be lowered and contemplated, looking into the distance, or even looking away, all of which look more artistic than smiling at the camera sense. Emoji management is really difficult, so most of the time I still prefer to be a “drama queen”.
Pose with various headaches, backaches and leg pains on the Internet is not easy. If it is not done properly, it will be very contrived. Why do the models look good? Because the model has practiced hundreds of times in the mirror. If you have not received dance or physical training, it is best not to pose dance moves to the camera, not much to say, you know!
Finally, this passage is sent to the sisters:
May you have poems and distances, and also have the little happiness in the middle.
May you have an independent career and a simple and casual life.
May you be charming and wise, gentle and brave.
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