Model photography is a shooting subject that has gradually emerged in recent years. By combining model toys with scenes and images, a variety of content and creative photos can be produced. Let us briefly introduce and interpret the preliminary shooting work for model photography.
The picture is from Irene van der Poel
In most cases, when we use model toys for creative photography, we follow a certain sense of lens and narrative effect. If you don’t clearly explain the creative point of the picture, the final film will not achieve perfect results. What is important in model photography is the conception of the composition and the range of depth of field. Generally speaking, the size of the model is much smaller than the thing it imitates, and the overall look and feel of it placed in the natural environment is much smaller. When shooting a model, we can use two ideas for composition.
The first one is to use the perspective effect of near and far to deceive the human eye, creating a dramatic film effect. In the process of shooting, we need to shoot two scenes with different distances into the illusion of being on the same plane, or use the natural difference between large and small landscapes to create an impactful picture. First of all, when shooting, you need to find a background that is not very messy, so that the two objects participating in the size comparison have enough attention. The cluttered background can easily distract the viewer’s attention. Another thing to note is that you cannot use an obvious scene with a ruler reference, especially between two subjects. After determining the subject and composition, you are ready to shoot.
The picture comes from James Pond
shoot this subject, it is recommended to use a telephoto lens when choosing equipment. Using the spatial compression brought by the telephoto lens, combined with the large depth of field of the small aperture, you can shoot the distant scenery as if it is close, and then interact with the nearby scenery to produce a dramatic effect that disturbs the real size difference.
Another way to shoot a model is to use the beauty of the model itself to shoot still life. In shooting this subject matter, we also need a clean picture as the background. As the requirements for light and shadow are relatively high, it is often selected scenes with controllable light for shooting. You can use the monochrome background cloth wall for shooting, which is convenient for pre-composition and post-production. If the size of the model we are shooting is too small, we can also consider shooting with a macro lens.
In some special shooting environments, it is necessary to supplement the light separately to achieve the desired effect. The flash fill light in a single position can easily cause confusion in light and shadow, produce a lot of unnatural shadows, and affect the look and feel of the picture. We can use Nikon’s R1C1 close-up flash kit to shoot. By using the flash controller to shoot various light and shadow renderings, the effect of highlighting the outline is achieved. When light hits the surface of the model, there will be a certain contrast between light and dark. We use this light and shadow effect to highlight the three-dimensional sense of the model. We can also use the shadows produced by the light source to create some special effects and enhance the artistic sense of the picture.
The picture is from Denis Bayer
In addition, the background blur caused by the large aperture will make the whole picture look more mysterious, highlighting the model in the scene The dominant position. When shooting, we can use a large aperture to create this effect while maintaining normal exposure.
Model photography is more about the creativity of the photographer, and there is no special technique and method. Be creative, have ideas and have the courage to try, and all can produce excellent model photography works.
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