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In this post, Hawaii wedding and portrait photographer, Natalie Norton talks about how she achieves natural, relaxed portraits from her clients.
Hereís the scoop. This is how I do things. You donít have to do them this way, you may have a system that works better for you, if so, please, do tell in the comment section of the post. I just want to make it perfectly clear that this is MY system, not THE system for creating natural portraits. Take it or leave it ;). Enjoy.
I think people work on the presumption that in order to create a relaxed portrait, a shot that has that natural, genuine candid feel we all love in our photographs, you have to back off completely and just capture the moments as they unfold. This is completely true and completely false all at the same time. Iíve found that subjects who arenít given good, sturdy, confident direction have a VERY hard time feeling relaxed and therefore looking natural. They end up acting awkward and looking incredibly posed when in reality the exact opposite holds true.
Creating relaxed portraits isnít complicated in any way shape or form, but you do need a system. Hereís mine, step by step.
1. Get to know your subject
Even if itís just a little small talk, youíve got to take a second to break the ice with some informal conversation. For me this starts all the way back when Iím emailing back and forth with clients setting things up for their shoot. I try as hard as possible always to be myself, so they get to know me and are comfortable with me from the start. My style of photography is an extension of my personality, so itís really important that people feel comfortable with me. It helps them feel safe and open to give me their genuine selves at a portrait session, and frankly it helps me get to know them as well. Once we start shooting, I generally have a pretty solid feel for my clients. I know what they need from me to help them be at their best.
2. Plan on a few shots to break the ice
I always expect the first 10 or so shots to be junk. Iím nervous, my subjectís nervous and that just doesnít equal awesome. Does that mean you wait for nerves to settle before you start shooting? Absolutely not. Get in there, get working and things will loosen up within just a few minutes. Itís like jumping into the ocean. When you wade out and take forever to get in, itís a lot harder than just plunging in and letting your body adjust to the temperature.
3. Make your location work for you
When I get to a location I already have an idea of my clientís personality and they mine, so at this point itís a matter of finding a location within the location that is going to help us both really shine. If theyíre a little shy, Iím obviously not going to take them into the middle of a crowded park and expect them to cuddle up and give me something sexy to work with for their shoot. Iíll need to be familiar with the location so I know a more private place I can take them so they can be comfortable enough to be at their best and I can still feel inspired and make their shoot rock. This is hard for me sometimes, because I pay a lot more attention to (and actually find my inspiration in) the available light (which I use almost exclusively) than I do to whatís happening in the background. Sometimes I do have to sacrifice that awesome light for comfortable clients. I just have to remind myself that in the end a well lit picture that looks stiff and awkward is a lot worse than an image with light thatís maybe only so/so but has a good genuine connection from my subjects.
4. Help it happen
Like I mentioned above, you canít just stand back and wait for magic. At a wedding, sure, of course, because people are experiencing an event and youíre job is to capture it as it unfolds. A portrait session is a whole different kind of animal . . . 99.9% of the time with regular subjects (ie not trained professional models) youíve got to give some basic direction. You also canít get in there and say, ďOk, hold hands, head turned at exactly a 80 degree angle. . . WAIT! Not that far! I said 80 degrees for crying out loud!Ē
Generally what I do with a portrait session is as simple as getting my subjects seated/standing in a way that is compositionally sound within my frame. Then I step back and let them ďwork it.Ē I tell them just to be themselves. If itís a couple, I tell them to just be into eachother. I make them laugh, I make them smile. I ask them to pretend Iím not there and just snuggle up. I let them do their thing, but Iím helping it happen.
Sometimes Iíll give the my subjects an activity to participate in. I let them do their thing and I capture the magic moments that happen naturally. Even then though, if itís a family portrait for example, I try to tell mom and dad to remember that Iím there. Otherwise I may end up with a lot of pictures of the back of someoneís head etc. They need to have a vague awareness that Iím around, but not focus on me. Does that make sense?
FOR EXAMPLE: In the image above of Robin from Twigg Botanicals, I couldnít bring myself to give someone with a job as cool as hers a basic, typical head shot, so I met her while she was setting up for an event, gave her some basic direction and let her rock out. I love this triad, and itís perfect for what she needed for the about page of her website. You should know, Robin is pretty shy and does NOT love having her picture taken. Youíd never know it from the images above!
Just give it a go. . . truly engage your subject on your next shoot . . . and see how it goes. It can be as simple as saying, ďOoh YES! PERFECT. Give me more of that!Ē You may feel like a quack, but I swear to you that your clients will appreciate it.
5. Get in there
My subjects will be the first to tell you that Iím not a passive, standoffish photographer. No sir. Iím right up in there with you. Thatís one of the reasons itís so darn important that weíre comfortable with each other. I shoot my portraits with fixed focal length lenses, so that means that my feet are my zoom. Guess what, if I want a tight shot, that means Iím nearly right up on top of you with my lens. I know this may sound uncomfortable to some of you, but for me, I find that it helps my subjects and I feel like a team. We create a real harmony together and end up with real, genuine, connected images, and new friends to boot. Because you canít shoot all up in there the way I do without bonding in some way shape or form. ;)
All that said, Iíll tell you outright, I am not afraid to PULL from my clients. I expect them to work with me. It sounds like a headache for them when you read it here, but Iíll tell you that after nearly EVERY shoot Iíve EVER shot Iíve gotten feedback from clients saying things along the lines of, ďWow, that was totally painless, fast and fun!Ē They appreciate my engaging them in a way that makes them feel like theyíre contributing. They like to feel useful and busy. I know what youíre thinking, ďWell, duh. Theyíre getting their picture taken, of course theyíre feeling useful and busy.Ē But Iíll tell you what, itís amazing how many photographers frustrate their clients by not engaging them in the process. They just say ok, letís do this. And they leave their clients to themselves and they just stand back and shoot. Most clients HATE that, and Iíll promise you that nearly 100% of the time if you try to work it that way youíll end up with forced smiles and awkward poses.
Now, I canít write a post like this and not end with a little shout out to all my clients. You are all SO VERY wonderful and Iím so thankful to each of you for letting me capture the natural, real, beautiful moments of your lives. Youíre all my BFFís and have enriched my life in so many ways!
Natalie Norton is a wedding and portrait photographer who lives on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Check out more of her work and tutorials at her popular blog Pics and Kicks, http://www.natalienortonphoto.com.
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