Photography Workshop – A Weekend Trip 初場攝影講座 – 台南小旅行

It is only about ten years since I have started to take pictures seriously. I have bought and sold many cameras in the past years; now, I have still five cameras for shooting that I use them for different occasions. However, we all know, between “study photography seriously” and “getting to the points” is sometimes not developing proportionally. I just realized some percentages about photography in the recent years. Once you get the feeling of understanding, you are encouraged by the exciting moment.

As I had started to plan the photography workshop, I asked myself, what means “take pictures” to most of us. “To record remarkable moments in our life”, right? Therefore, the workshop must be useful and down to earth as our lifestyle. The idea of “a weekend trip” jumped into my mind. By walking on real occasions to learn how to take photos is a better way than sitting in a classroom and watch some powerpoint documents.

從第一台米夏爾的小傻瓜相機到現在,我開始認真拍照其實只有十年時間,這當中換了無數台的相機與鏡頭組合,到現在手上都還有五台相機替換著使用。不過我們都知道,很多時候「認真」與「掌握到要領」之間並不會盡如人意成正比,我在構圖、拍攝手法與風格的培養,以及修片技巧的磨練,一直到現在慢慢熟練、累積出心得竟然只是這兩三年的事而已。當中,觀賞、模仿、學習的過程是關鍵。當拍照的經驗越來越多,當自己常常心有所感地發出「啊,原來是這樣啊」的體會,那種欣喜滿足的感覺是支持著按下快門的動力。

當計畫辦一場攝影講座時,我想著,「拍照」之於大部分的我們來說是「紀錄生活中的無數片刻」,所以講座內容應該往這個方向去,對參與的學員來說才有幫助。生活總是一成不變,週末或是假日時的出走變成了我們所有人心有所往的寄託,那是一種暫時脫走於現實生活的時刻,於是,一趟「台南小旅行」的念頭油然而生,邊走邊拍邊解說,從實際的場景與情況中學習,按下快門的時候才更有深刻感受。

The weekend Trip photography workshop started by the city guide. I let Mr. Xie, a local who lives in Tainan and works as a presenter of the city introduced us to the old town. Through his stories, we understood more about the spots we visited; it made us feel emotional to take photos. The process was just like what we usually do on a real weekend trip. Walking through the streets, stop by some interesting stores; moreover, take some “visited” photos. I explained and shared my tips in the real situations; thus, it was easier to get the points.

In the past years, I have traveled to many places, and my photography skills are also developed through the journeys. It was great to share my experiences with the people who joined the workshop.

「台南小旅行」講座由謝宅的小伍哥幫我們做的老街導覽開始,透過他的解說,讓我們對身處的場景有更多的認識,這樣拿著相機逛起街,可以產生更多的感動促使我們按下快門。講座上半段所安排的走逛其實就是一趟小旅行中我們常做的事。和愛人、家人牽著手漫步,有喜歡的店家就駐足停留、買點吃喝,看到喜歡的景點便停下拍照欣賞;透過一連串的行動,以實際的場景作拍攝技巧解說,可以有真實的體會與練習,對技巧的掌控更深刻。

透過這些年的旅行經驗,我揣摩出街景、建築立面、店家、路旁一景等,都有不同的拍攝訣竅讓成像更有深度與趣味,透過講座,把這些年的經驗濃縮成分享內容,其實覺得很有意義。不過看著側拍照片,發現自己認真的時候看起來好嚴肅、神情很緊繃,或許是不想辜負了前來上課的學員與他們的期待。

In the second part of the workshop, we came to a coffee house where we practiced the tips of interior and food photography. Moreover, made a break from a long distance walking and enjoyed the lunch. Interior and food photography are the most useful skills that we need in our daily life; as we often go to coffee shops on weekends with friends and take some feeds for our social accounts.

Besides, I also shared how to edit photos with different apps. I was happy to see everyone was concentrated and patient to practice taking photos.

講座下半段,我們來到咖啡館。剛好,在台北時還陰涼的天氣,一來到台南馬上進入夏天,沒有終場休息的走街內容讓大家也都累了。在咖啡館,不只讓大家休息、用餐,同時也進行室內空間與食物的拍攝技巧解說。這部分的內容其實也是我們生活中每個人參與度最高的一件事。假日和朋友到咖啡館吃食,拍照打卡上傳社群分享;如果可以把這部分的技巧練好,其實是很有成就感的一件事。

空間與食物的拍攝技巧要拿捏的心思比較多,課程中除了以不同的內容來說明之外,也同時分享了以手機軟體修片的訣竅,不管是暗黑風格或是日式的清新手法,都可以透過微調來達成自己喜歡的畫面質感。看到課程中不管年紀、工作與生活方式的參與學員認真地聽,仔細地按照我解說的重點練習,我內心裡的成就感其實滿滿。

People think good and expensive cameras make great pictures. I say, being sensitive to details is the key. Before you click the shutter, think firstly about “what is the message you want to deliver ” through your images. Take pictures every day and edit it with your intuition, and then pick one image that you like the most and save it; day after day, you will see how fast you can develop your photography ideas.

許多人以為照片要拍的好必須使用貴重的相機才行,但我說,「一顆仔細觀察的心思」才是最主要的關鍵。按下快門之前想一想,你要拍的「重點」是什麼、你想「透過照片傳達的內容」是什麼,一旦這樣的話有很大的機會都可以拍出令自己滿意的照片。多練習,每天讓自己拍幾張照片,多修圖,然後一天保存一張自己最滿意的照片,一年下來會很可觀的。也期待你們接下來拍攝的照片,不要客氣請多多與我分享。

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Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.

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