When shooting portraits, remember to shape the “mood” of the picture
We often talk about the lighting and selection techniques in portraits. When photographers use these methods to shape light and shadow images, they usually also exude creative emotions. For newcomer photographers, expressing the “emotions” of good portraits is an important direction to improve their photography skills. A portrait work full of “emotions” can clearly express the main idea of the work and make the photo stand out among many pictures of the same type.
Since light and shadow images are used to create the “emotions” of characters, the first thing we must talk about is light. Whether it is ambient light or artificial lighting, or a combination of the two, light conditions play a decisive role in the mood of the picture.
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is a more intuitive and prominent effect, which is the color brought by light. Whether it is the color of ambient light or the color produced by artificially controlled light, the effects of reflection and refraction will inevitably bring about some color interference. Sometimes, in order to create a sense of atmosphere for portraits and help highlight portraits, photographers will also add lights of different color temperatures. This also makes the environmental color temperature very complicated and requires us to pay special attention.
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In this case, we can use, for example, Nikon Z 7 with SB-5000 flash. Using the automatic white balance A1 mode of the Nikon Z 7 can convey the atmosphere of the shooting scene and accurately restore the skin tone of people. The incandescent filter and fluorescent filter provided by the SB-5000 can also further control the color, which is more friendly to novice photographers.
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Using SB-5000 for fill light, you can also shoot outdoor portraits. Use Nikon Z 7 with a large aperture Z-mount prime lens to get a good picture. Using the Nikon Z 7’s face recognition and eye detection focusing functions can make our energy more focused on the color control of the current picture. When shooting, you can use the portrait mode in the Picture Control mode, in conjunction with the flash white balance mode, to prevent color cast caused by color interference in outdoor scenes, and ensure that the overall color is accurate and in line with the “emotion” that the photographer hopes to express.
When shooting, choose NEF format to record the picture, and retain the original picture color information, so that we can adjust the color of the picture later, so as to achieve our ideal light and shadow picture. You can choose to download Nikon Capture Maker for post adjustment of NEF format photos. In this software, you can change the white balance or adjust the exposure to provide the “emotion” in line with your creativity for the portrait. Whether you are a beginner who is new to RAW processing for the first time or an experienced professional master, this easy-to-use “Capture Artisan” software allows you to enjoy Nikon’s high-end image quality.
The above are some tips for controlling the “emotion” of the picture when shooting portraits. These tips can help you complete portrait photography faster and better, and thus embark on a higher level shooting platform. If you already have an understanding of this shooting method, then quickly pick up your camera and have a try.
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