谈论 平民如何拍GOOD照片

转载真是好啊,
这个星期不用自己写周记了,真好阿。
同鄙视IE。

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平民如何拍GOOD照片

看到一篇反器材论的帖子,我不知道他说的对不对,但是我相信不是任何东西都要有钱才是王道,让那些炫耀烧钱的阔少拿着他们的单反去拍他们喜欢的人体艺术吧~

不过说实话本文根本没提到相机好坏对照片的影响,只是在讲拍照的态度和思路,说白了就是自然,俺们老百姓玩的是简单,是快乐,像素高低俺们don’t care~

同时bs一下IE,用IE拷贝整个网页过来直接cpu占用率100%,网页全死掉,用firefox啥事都没有,瞬间拷贝完成,差距啊……怪不得IE team都在firefox2发布的时候送蛋糕。

How to take a better photograph

Getting acquainted with your camera is important, but it’s not the end-all, be-all of taking a great photo. I am a firm believer that the cheaper your camera, the better the results. The bells and whistles of an expensive camera are great if you know how to use them but they are not essential building blocks for creating a beautiful visual record of your life. What follows are some simple steps to consistently taking better photos in the most common scenarios.

a cheap camera

Cheap camera.

cheap camera 1

cheap camera 2

cheap camera 3

Not so cheap lookinng photos taken with a cheap camera.

Shoot from the hip
I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve taken without looking through the viewfinder. Why would I do that? Well, for one, I hate being stuck behind the lens. If you go through your life with one eye shut, you’re missing half the fun. Then put that one eye behind a lens designed to crop off my view? Forget about it. No. I can see who’s coming and going, and that’s where the action is. Plus, when you’re not aiming, your photos don’t end up looking like everyone else’s photos. They’re instantly entertaining because they not only capture the story of the moment, but they do so from a unedited perspective. Ah, that’s the stuff!

don't aim 2don't aim 3

These were taken by holding my arm outside and above the car.

shot from the hip

From the aisle. Seated. One handed. Slam dunk.

martha pbhbtbhtbh

Above the head.  

I shoulda had a V8

My wife is constantly making fun of the way I shoot photos. I absolutely refuse to hold the camera steady. If you want the easiest way to make a scene a little more interesting to look at, tilt your camera. Your brain will ask you to make a perfect horizontal line with the horizon. Forget about it. Tilt the horizon. Make those moments more interesting by giving them some weight and balance problems. Photos on the edge are just plain fun.

tilted beers

Quick! Get that beer before it tips over!
me beer tilted

What’s good for the tilted goose is good for the tilted gander.

omg there goes the church

OMG! The church is sliding off the earth!

Kill your flash

Especially in low light situations. It may be a little funky at times, but more often than not you’ll get a perfect photo that keeping your camera on auto-flash would have otherwise killed. It’s kill or be killed.

One of the reasons I love to turn off my flash, by the way, is that you can see much more clearly how yellow and rad most indoor lighting is. The more photos you take over time, the more you see how colors around you are affecting the quailty of your image. In low-light situations, where there is often only one source of light, you get to see exactly how light works. Take that knowledge outside and you’ll see marked improvements, I guarantee.

One word of caution: make sure you haven’t had too much caffeine. The shaking in your hands will show up in the image. Often you will need to find a hard, steady surface to set your camera on in order to stop “the shakes.”
flash car

Flash.

flash no car

No flash.

flash walkers

Flash.

flash no walkers

No flash.

flash indoors lean in

Flash.

low light

No flash.

no flash groceries

No flash. Preserve those colors!

no flash grocery

No flash. Colors and action. Blurred, but no worse for the wear.

no flash tv

No flash, indoors, night. Very steady hand. Why would anyone photograph themselves in their PJ’s watching TV is another matter altogether.

no flash park manor

No flash, bright backlight, camera-phone. Kind of a cool image.

steph and pozzi

No flash, plenty of light, but action is captured better.

Don’t be shy

Seriously. If you’re going to take on the mission of being the documentary film-maker of the bunch, get rid of your inhibitions. What’s the worst that could happen? The worst thing that ever happened to me while I was taking a photo to its logical limits was accidentally stepping in a pond at a restaurant. And what a better memory than that? So get out there and step in it!

up close

Sometimes its about the audience.

hotel demo

Sometimes it’s about the show.

eagle on 4

Sometimes it’s about a hole-in-one.
its so important

And sometimes you just can’t resist the urge.  “It’s so important.”

Kids

As an adult it’s always a challenge to photograph kids. Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind. Kids love it when you’re on their level. Get down on your hands and knees and shoot upwards toward them. They love it. Same is true of most adults, although they rarely admit it!

Don’t waste your breath making kids behave for the photo. If they are doing things in a photo that you would let them do anyway, what’s the harm? If they’re being goofy, let them be goofy. You’re not a wedding photographer, so don’t worry about losing your job. You’re not stuffing a portfolio – you’re capturing the moment. Look at it this way. In twenty years you’ll have an embarrassing photo for the kid to boot!

micaela top

Up high is OK.

micaela under

But eye-level is better.  

just kokodancinge crew>

Kids of all shapes and sizes.

katie 2katie

Some are tame.

kids 2kida 3kids 4kids

Just let them be.

low levellower level

Eye-level is good. Carpet-level is great! Now if only I’d used a flash! :-)

down low whiffle ball

That’s a little fat me. My mom took this!

Let the kid shoot the picture

You’d be amazed what they come up with. Kids have an untrained eye. The less intimidated by the fear of “shooting a good photograph” the better the image. Kids have pure talent. Let them go wild with it. Their perspective is just as important.

I wish I had some examples of this: SEND ME A PHOTO AND I’LL INCLUDE IT HERE. email: kelly ‘at’ dandelife ‘dot’ com

Be The Hef

Fact: when people are gathered for a group photo, they tend to tilt their heads toward the person in the center. It’s as true in the society pages of your local gossip mag as much as it is in the oodles of photos you have in your photo albums. Why do people do that? All it does is make them look uncomfortable. So if you see somone tilting his head, make sure you help him straighten up. Or, as Stephanie says, “Just be The Hef”

“The Hef?” you ask. My wife once pointed out to me that Hugh Hefner never tilts his head in a photo. Why? Because he’s “The Hef.” People are always gathered around him in group photos. The Hef knows that it’s the photographer’s place to get all the heads in the shot.

mormor is the hefmormor is the hef 2

The Hef in our family is MorMor. She’s 94 years old and leans in for no photo.

not leaning in

No lean-in. Good.

the lean in but not so bad

Lean-in. Not bad, but could be better.  

the lean in

Lean-in.

the not lean in

No lean-in.

Get personal

Most people are uncomfortable with you getting right up in their face for a photo. But you know what? You get a better portrait that way. Most of don’t have time for messing with the zoom. Nor do we have the money for “good” zoom lenses. You’ve got the best zoom in the world with your feet. Get close. The closest you’ll ever have to stand for a close-up is normal conversational distance. So don’t think of it as a photo but as a conversation. In the end, you’ll have a better picture and they’ll thank you for it.

Tip: keep breath mints cose at hand.
cassie far

Far away, no detail.

cassie close

Up close, detail.

mom and kokoone yummy cup of cocosteph's face up close

The closer the better!

Links

Most of the examples here are of social situations, featuring people in their environment. Some of you will be photographing buildings, streets, the countryside and places of interest. For those situations I don’t have much advice. They’re not my forte. I did find a couple of good photographic resources for you to look up though. So follow these links and learn some more.

Links via lifehacker’s photo archives:

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