人像攝影|拍人與被拍 Portrait Photography - Being The Photographer or Being Photographed

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我學的是空間設計,不過真正引起興趣,讓我反覆練習、不斷探究的是人像攝影。差不多從2010年至2013年這四年期間,大量練習人像拍攝,幾乎每個週末都在拍照。到哪裡找練習拍攝的人像呢?說來有趣。那時候在生活中只要遇見了想拍攝練習的人物,比如說女兒才藝班一起上課同學的家人、捷運上同一車廂的孕婦、健身房裡的年輕男子、美妝店裡的少女等,就會上前詢問拍攝機會。

那幾年拍攝超過百對人物寫真,有不同身高體型、膚色髮色、性別年齡。他們都沒有完美的身材與樣貌,卻讓我從中摸索出面對各種情況的應變能力,也包含了在拍攝上時的造型建議。更重要的是,我培養了觀察的心思,從每個人不同的特質中找出發光的亮點。這份觀察力與心思在人像攝影中十分重要,唯有欣賞、喜愛鏡中人物的氣質,才能捕捉到獨特的人物神情,將影像的韻律帶出來。

這篇文章中我將分享人像攝影的拍攝經驗,從造型、情緒引導與後製分點說明,或許可以提供拍攝人像(或是被拍)時的靈感。

I majored in Interior Design, but Portrait Photography aroused my interest and let me practice regularly, and continue to explore. During the four years from 2010 to 2013, I had practiced taking portraits in large numbers and took pictures almost every weekend. Where could I find those people to practice? It was an interesting story. At that time, as long as I met the appropriate people for practice, such as the family of my daughter's classmate, the pregnant women in the MRT, the young men in the gym, the girl in the beauty store, etc. I asked about the opportunity for shooting.

In those years, more than hundreds of figures were photographed. They have different heights, skin colors, gender and age. They don't have the perfect body shape and appearance as models, but the experience allowed me to develop the ability to manage in different situations, including styling ideas. More importantly, I cultivated the skill of observation to find a unique quality of each person, which is important in portrait photography. Only by appreciating and loving the character of the person who is photographed, we can capture the unique expression and bring out the emotion of the images.

In this article, I will share my experience of portrait photography from the Styling, Emotional guidance and Editing. I hope you find it helpful. Have fun by shooting or being photographed.

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造型

拍攝人像寫真時,往往被拍攝者喜歡穿著的衣物與選擇場所或風格不相吻合。因此,我常建議主角(被拍攝者)挑選三套造型穿搭讓我參考,再從中搭配出合適的組合,甚至連鞋子首飾配件都會一起考慮。拍攝情侶或是親子寫真時,與其穿著一樣的衣款,不妨可從搭配和諧色系的觀點來思考,可以讓畫面更有張力、也顯得獨特。

另外,髮型與彩妝都是人像攝影中重要的環節。以前與造型彩裝師一起合作拍攝,不過現在的人像攝影反而更講究自然、不造作的風格,因此如何以最自然的方法呈現出主角的個人特質其實需要「觀察的能力」。這次澳門所拍攝的人像,有幾位主角甚至以素顏或裸妝上鏡,那麼便事先與主角溝通好拍攝前肌膚保養的手續,讓拍攝時的皮膚可以更輕透。

Styling

For a portrait session, the style that a model (the one who is photographed) likes to wear is often inconsistent with the location or the atmosphere. Therefore, I usually recommend the protagonists to pick three looks and then choose the appropriate combination. Moreover, we consider the shoes, jewelry and accessories at the same time. When shooting a couple or a family portrait, instead of the partner looks, I suggest them to think about wearing harmonious colors of style to get unique images.

Besides, hair and makeup are important. I used to work with stylists and hair, makeup artists, but nowadays it is more about natural and unconventional style. Therefore, how to present the personal characteristics of the protagonist in the most natural way; in fact, it requires the ability to observe. This time, the portrait sessions in Macau; some of the protagonists even did not wear makeup. Then, it is important to communicate with them in advance to ensure skin care before shooting, so that the skin could be bright and glowing when shooting.

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情緒引導

情緒引導這四個字常在人像攝影中被提及,正是它關鍵之所在。讓被拍攝者情緒自然流露,掌鏡者才有機會捕捉美好的片刻。拍攝人像前,我習慣先與主角碰面,彼此聊天增加熟悉感與默契;這是讓主角信任攝影師的第一關鍵。

拍攝時,藉由引導讓被拍攝者想像攝影師所營造的畫面與情境,藉以達到放鬆肢體與表情來配合快門的律動,這是第二關鍵。

拍攝幼兒時,不要過度引逗,可以試著把他們當成大人來互動;這群小兒們會感受到尊受,進而配合你的要求呢。

Emotional guidance

Emotional guidance is often mentioned in portrait photography, and it is the key to it. Let the protagonist's emotions naturally reveal, so that photographers have the opportunity to capture special moments. Before shooting, I used to meet with the protagonist and chat with each other to get a better understanding; this is the primary key to let the protagonist trust the photographer.

While shooting, it is the second key to guide the protagonist to imagine the picture and situation created by the photographer to achieve relaxation and cooperate with the photographer.

When shooting children, try to interact with them as adults; they will sense the respect and then meet your requirements.

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後製

在人像後製上我會投入更多心思來微調光影對比、明亮等細節,尤其是膚色、肌膚的柔嫩度等,更是應該注意的。幾年前我偏好套上自己喜歡的風格濾鏡,不過現在則針對每位主角的所散發的氣質來調整濾鏡的風格,讓每一組成像都有自己的魅力。被拍攝者在收到照片時也會感受到這份誠意的。

Editing

In the portrait image editing, I put more thoughts into adjusting the contrast of light and shadow and other details, especially the skin tone and the tenderness of the skin. A few years ago, I preferred to settle my favorite filters to all images, but now I adjust the setting of each filter to match each protagonist's personality so that each session has its individual charm. The protagonists will also feel the sincerity of the photographer when receiving the album.

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人像攝影對我來說總是充滿了挑戰,不過也可以因為不同的拍攝主角而發揮創意,捕捉富有情感,幫主人翁記錄當下人生的片刻。四月份,不管你是身為攝影師想瞭解人像攝影的技巧,或是想成為我鏡頭下的主角拍攝人像寫真,請點選下方需要的連結瞭解、預約。

Portrait photography is always full of challenges for me, but it can also be creative because of different protagonists; capture emotions, and record the moments of others' lives. In April, whether you are a photographer who wants to know the skills of portrait photography, or want to be the protagonist to have a portrait session with me, please follow the links below to find out the details and make an appointment.

 
 

All images are taken with Olympus EM1 Mark 2512 and edited with Lightroom. The post is an advertisement.