all say that the eyes are the windows of the human soul and the bridge of soul communication. Whether it is portraits of people or photography of animals, through the eyes, they can show the viewer a colorful picture. As the so-called “finishing finishing touch”, the proper portrayal of the characters’ eyes can add a lot to the overall picture. Today we will talk about the details of how to photograph the eyes.
Since it is talking about eyes, it must be inseparable from portrait subjects. When shooting portraits, using catch light can add a lot of color to the picture. In fact, as long as there is a light source with sufficient brightness in front of the person being photographed, it will be reflected in the eyes, and there will be reflective spots that can constitute the eye light. The shape, size, and position of the reflective dots displayed in the eyes will always be different, so the effects of different catch lights will also be very different. Generally speaking, bright and small spot light can express a pleasant and lively atmosphere, while a larger range of light appears soft and can add to the atmosphere of the picture. If there is no lighting, the eyes will be slightly hollow and it is difficult to highlight the temperament of the portrait.
Nikon official sample
In order to capture eye catches, there are requirements for the lighting achieved by the photographer. Generally speaking, because people’s faces are three-dimensional and shadows are easily caused by a single light source, photographers can use models such as the SB-5000 that can adjust the flash head to light up towards the top of the person being photographed to form a faint catch light. , So as not to affect the overall light. It can also be used for large-scale lighting work with the support of accessories such as visors or Nikon creative flash triggering systems.
Nikon SB- 5000 prototype
In addition to the catch light, the direction of the subject’s gaze can also bring unexpected effects to the screen. Whether it’s an animal or a portrait, it’s easy to get bored with the shot facing the camera. At this time, the photographer may wish to move the subject’s gaze out of the frame, so as to mobilize the character’s thoughts, actions, and even emotional expression, and it will also give people a sense of extension in the composition, allowing the viewer to have a certain Space of reverie.
Nikon official sample
The guidance of the gaze is often accompanied by the expression of the character’s expression. In a portrait photography, the successful use of the gaze will help the expression of the character’s feelings. The rich emotional world of the subject, the thoughts and feelings such as happiness, anger, sorrow, and joy can all be revealed through the eyes. When shooting, the photographer must learn to communicate with the person being photographed, combining the atmosphere of the whole scene to lay the tone of the picture to obtain ideal emotional expression. The photographer can use, for example, the Nikon Z 7 camera after updating the 2.0 firmware version to shoot, and quickly locate the position of the subject’s eyes through the eye detection and focus function, thereby turning more energy to the screen configuration.
Nikon Z 7 The camera can recognize the eyes more quickly
There is also a close-up of the eyes, which is a macro shot of the pupil. Since the eyes are weaker parts of the biological body, when taking close-ups of the pupil or iris, they should not be too close, nor should the flash be used for direct fill light shooting. Take the human eye as an example. You can use a telephoto lens such as the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR when shooting. Through the space compression brought by the telephoto lens, you can get a close-up close-up. The effect of the screen. It should also be noted that there should not be a large white gap between the eyelid and the bottom or top of the iris, which will reduce the appearance of the picture. If such a gap is exposed, the subject can look up or down. When the light is brighter, the pupils of a person will become smaller, and the photographer can take different kinds of pupils according to this characteristic.
sometimes animal Micro-eye close-ups can give people a different picture
emotional expression is a good way to express eye contact, for example, the state of eye contact can reflect the environment and era background of the subject, or The details of the eyes are changed to show the scene environment at that time. In documentary photography, another look can intuitively bring a story to the viewer. To take good portraits and other subjects, eyes are an indispensable shooting content. I believe that taking good eyes can add a lot of color to your photos.
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