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Opposite Perspectives

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In this fast-paced world, it is common to quickly snap a photo rather than document with creative intent. Instead of capturing a subject from one vantage point and moving on, try photographing a scene from opposite perspectives.

This challenge will require you to slow down, evaluate what you see, and think about your composition. Get innovative and use the following tips to photograph opposite viewpoints.


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在这个快节奏的世界里,人们通常会快速地抓拍一张照片,而不是带着创作意图去记录。与其从一个有利的角度拍摄一个主题便不了了之,不如尝试从相反的角度来拍摄它。

这个挑战将要求你放慢速度,评估你所看到的,并思考你的构图。接下来我们罗列出的小提示,将教你如何从相反角度来拍摄,一起来创新吧!

Capture your subject + what your subject sees / 捕捉你的主体+主体看到了什么

After photographing someone or something, move to put yourself in their place. Then take a photo that replicates their view. This will give the audience looking at your photos a more complete understanding of the setting and make them feel a part of the experience.

* Tip — Leave clues to let the viewer know the photos are related. There are many creative ways to go about this. In the above image, the photo on the right was shot through the yellow lens of the glasses to ‘truly’ see the scene from the person’s perspective.


在给某人或某物拍照之后,将自己放到他们的位置上。然后从他们的视角出发拍摄一张照片。这将使观众更完整地理解场景设置,并使他们感同身受。

*小技巧——留下线索让观众知道这些照片是有关联的,实现的方式可以很多样。在上图中,右边的照片是通过黄色镜片拍摄的,体现了主人公的真实视角。

* Tip — Take time to come up with a concept and plan the shoot before it happens. Not all locations photograph well from both directions, so do a bit of scouting ahead of time.


*小技巧——花一点时间在概念上,并且事先安排好拍摄计划。并不是所有的场景适合从两个角度拍摄,所以提前做一些侦察。

* Tip — Shoot with a partner. Find someone who is willing to be patient and hold a pose while you photograph them from both sides. The shot you have in mind may not be obvious to your model, so be sure to give clear directions.


*小技巧——和同伴一起拍。找一个愿意耐心点的人,在你从两边给他们拍照的时候,摆个姿势。对于你的模特来说,他们可能对你脑中的画面并不十分清晰,所以一定要给出明确的方向。

Capture opposite vantage points / 捕获反向的有利位置

Explore the many ways you can document a scene — above and below, in front and behind, from outside looking in and vice versa.

* Tip — Additional tools, like a selfie stick or a drone, can make shooting from opposite perspectives easier and allow you to experiment with varying distances. If you don’t have those options, look for opportunities around you that provide different viewpoints, like a balcony or a bridge. In the photo above, a ladder was used to capture the model tying her shoe from different angles.


尽可能从多角度来记录一个场景——从上或往下,从正面或从反面,从外往内,反之亦然。

*小技巧——利用附加工具,如自拍杆或无人机,可以使从相反角度拍摄更容易,并允许你在不同的距离进行试验。如果你没有这些选择,那就在身边寻找能提供不同视角的机会,比如阳台或桥梁。在上面的照片中,一个梯子被用来从不同的角度捕捉模特系鞋带的场景。

*Tip — When applying this practice to street photography, try to look ahead and anticipate potential moments as much as possible. People and objects are constantly moving, so you will need to react quickly when transitioning between one point of view to the other.


*小技巧——当这个实践应用于街头摄影,尝试尽可能提前观照潜在的画面。人和物总是在不断地移动,所以当你切换视角时,你将需要做出快速的反应。

Using White Balance

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The White Balance tool is best used for making broad color adjustments. If you use a preset that creates a strong color cast, or if you just captured an image where the colors feel a bit off, you can use the White Balance tool to create a more accurate feeling tone.


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白平衡工具最适用于进行整体的颜色调整。如果您使用的预设偏向某种特定颜色,或者你所拍摄的照片色彩感觉不太对时,你可以通过白平衡工具调整出更准确的色调。

Looking at Color / 观察色彩

The White Balance tool gets its name for its ability to make sure the white hues in an image display without any off tints or casts. By balancing for known white or light gray tones, other colors will often fall into place. With this in mind, look for a reference point in your image that you can confidently ‘match’ by making adjustments with the White Balance tool.


顾名思义,白平衡工具就是用来调整图像中的白色调,使其不带有任何其它色调。通过调整白色调或浅灰色调, 其它的颜色也会获得相应的调整。因此,不妨先在图片中找一个参考点,然后就可以更有把握地使用白平衡工具进行相应的调整。

Finding Balance / 寻找平衡

Once you find your reference point, try to identify what might be making it feel off or how you may want to intentionally shift the color.

Is it too warm and yellow, or too cool and blue?

Use the Temperature slider.


一旦你找到参考点, 试着找出色调感觉不合适的原因,想想你应该如何有目的地调整色彩。

颜色太暖、偏黄色调,或是太冷、偏蓝色调呢?

使用色温滑块。

Is there a green tint, or does everything feel a little too pink?

Use the Tint slider。


整体色调是不是偏绿,还是有点太粉了?

使用色调滑块。

By working with these four colors, you can use the White Balance tool to correct almost any kind of light. Working in small increments, use the sliders to gradually shift the color to a point that matches what you had in mind. By practicing this process, you’ll soon be able to spot easy adjustments and quickly eliminate color casts, especially in tricky lighting conditions.


通过调整这四种色彩,你可以通过白平衡工具校正各种类型的光线。使用滑块进行细微调整,直至色彩符合你的预想。不断练习这个过程,很快你就会发现,很容易就能知道该如何进行调整,快速校正在复杂光线条件下拍摄的图片色偏问题。

How To: Urban Photography

23-year-old photographer Jimmi Ho moved from Guangzhou to Hong Kong in 2008. In his new adoptive home, he soon discovered a unique vibe, brimming with human energy, bustling streets, and small turns surrounded by new high-rises and old style buildings. “They became my favourite subject to shoot – as more of these places began to present themselves, I began to really love the shooting process,” he says. “In the past few years, I have witnessed the rapid development of Hong Kong. The combination of Chinese and Western culture presents an interesting contrast between traditional and modern architecture. Hong Kong’s unique real estate and bulging population has forced it to evolve at a truly alarming rate.”


自2008年,何颖嘉从广州搬至香港,十几年的生活对他来说,这个城市到处都充满着人情味,大街小巷,高楼大厦、旧式建筑都是我喜爱拍摄的对象,比起拍摄的结果,他更享受拍摄的过程。 “短短的几年我亲眼目睹香港飞速地发展,高楼大厦不断取代旧式建筑,中西文化相结合,也因此造成了这里传统与现代建筑的强烈对比。香港地少人多,特殊的地理位置导致了这个城市不得不在有限的空间中建设和发展。”

Hong Kong’s buildings vary widely – each building differs in historical background, size, shape and structure. The old buildings go through refurbishments over the years to make way for all new multi-functional streets. “I use my lens to bring the density of my surrounds to life, to highlight the various spaces around me,” he explains. “Hong Kong is a crowded city, highly compressed and irregular, which can give off a sense of claustrophobia.” 2016 was an illustrious year for the young photographer who was named a Sony World Photography Awards winner in Hong Kong, as well as runner-up for National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year in the Cities category. More recently, he was also awarded the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year award for the People and Space category.


香港的建筑物千差万别,不管是历史类型、大小或比例都不尽相同,老区的建筑经年累月地修筑和加建后,打造独特多功能的街景,形形色色的风格相互汇集,“我将镜头聚焦于密集都市的元素上,拥挤的城市衍生出独特、高度压缩且不规则的空间,高楼林立的环境中使他们更显突出。” 在2016何颖嘉曾获索尼世界2016摄影比赛香港赛区冠军, 2016 年国家地理旅行者摄影大赛城市组亚军,Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2016 冠军等等。

“For the budding urban photographer, knowing where to begin can be overwhelming,” he says. “It may be difficult at first to hone in on your target as seeing the works of other photographers may bring you a sense of pressure. Or you may have been an experienced shooter for many years, hoping to find a breakthrough on the photographic path.” Below, he shares with us some of the tips that helped him along the way.


“刚开始接触城市摄影的人,一般都不知道该拍什么,总觉得寻找拍摄目标是相当困难的事,看见别人的照片时,内心可能会感到负担且相当辛苦。又或者你是已经拍摄多年的摄影爱好者,希望在剩余的摄影路上寻求突破。” 下面是他跟我们分享的一些促使他进步的秘诀。

1. “Steal” like an artist.

People say that the first step towards creation is imitation. This is not a call to imitate or plagiarize, but a reminder to study the work that inspires you. Wonder, ask questions, research, compare photos, seek to absorb every shooting experience and improve yourself until you find your own breakthrough.


1.试着模仿

有人说创造是从模仿开始的,多看看别人的照片,思考且研究他们是如何拍摄,比较自己所拍摄的照片与其他人有何不同,从而吸收经验并改善,或许能找到属于自己的突破口。

2. Change your perspective.

When we get all too familiar with a certain point of view, its difficult to keep challenging ourselves. Something as simple as changing the height in which you look through your viewfinder could make a huge difference. Think of the way children see things, the way that birds see things from above. Don’t forget that there’s always more than one way to see the world around us.


2.变化观看事物的视野

我们对自己观看事物的角度太过于熟悉,改变透过观景窗所见的高度,偶尔以小朋友的高度观看事物,或像飞翔于高空的鸟儿来俯瞰这个世界,千万别忘了这个世界是多么的辽阔宽广,变换观看事物的视野,将会让我们看到不曾见过的新世界。

3. Wait for “the moment.”

Be prepared. Take your shooting arsenal out with you everyday and record the sights and sounds that you see everywhere you go. If you want to shoot a standout picture, you’re going to have to wait for the right moment. Sometimes, you may even need to go to back to the same place, again and again, to find the right light and capture the ideal moment.


3.等待画面的瞬间

每日随身携带拍摄器材,无论在任何地方都能够拍摄,纪录有趣的画面。想要拍出满意的画面,就必须要耐心等待适当的瞬间。通常拍摄一幅满意的作品,都需要反覆来回同一个地方,虽然有时可能只是单纯想得到不同变化的景象,却也是等待值得的一刻,并在瞬间来临时按下快门,拍摄出不一样的画面。

4. Find balance.

Give your images a sense of hierarchy, balance your composition on the screen, and find a balance between your foreground and your background. When composing two subjects in one image, consider their proportions and adjust their placement in your frame in order to get different results. To avoid confusion, don’t draw too much attention away from the focus of the photo.


4.平衡画面

为主体寻找前景或背景,不但可以令画面更丰富,提升层次感,更可以平衡画面的构图。平衡目的主要是把两样物件平均地放在相片,不论大小新旧,互相的衬托能调整视觉上的轻重,产生不一样的效果。但要注意主体最好不要过多,相片亦不能东歪西倒,以免产生混乱。

5. Smartly make use of light.

Photographs are like paintings drawn with light – even if the frame is the same, a change in the light’s direction can produce an entirely different result. Experiment!


5.光线的利用

照片是用光线所绘制的画作,即使拍摄同个目标,随着光线的方向不同,拍摄的结果也不同。

Bonus tip:

You aren’t what you shoot with. Good equipment, of course, can aid your photography endeavours to some degree, but high-end tools are not essential. What is more important is having a solid foundation in understanding how to use your camera and developing an eye for creating images. 


后记

装备并非绝对。好的装备当然能够给予某些程度的帮助,但只是辅助并非绝对,比起装备,更重要是理解相机的基本功能,以及懂得善用角度将目标拍的漂亮,日以继夜的观察与锻炼。

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