Thursday, November 17, 2011

Portraiture

In portraiture, there are various types of lighting. The aim of this assignment was to learn to look for and capture distinct shapes of light and shadow on the face.
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Rembrandt


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butterfly


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hatchet

hatchet


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rim



Self Critique:
I really enjoyed learning about the different types of portrait lighting and started noticing the various techniques in everyday photographs. As I walked around campus, I took note of the light on the faces of strangers on my way to class. It was cool then, to return to my apartment, and use my desk lamp to create shadows on the faces of my roommates and friends. I waited a bit last minute and like every week, I wish I had started earlier because the assignment proved more enjoyable than chorelike. Shocking I know. My favorite type of lighting was the hatchet lighting because of the drama created in the photo. Also, I shot majority in black and white because it can be a bit more forgiving for portraits (and per request of my friends.)

Outtakes:


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Should've used these photos:


I have some lovely friends who live in a house not far off campus. They call themselves WOG...Women of God. Anyways, a few weeks ago, they asked if I would take "family photos" for them. I was more than happy to oblige. Kagney (yes that's a real name) picked me up and drove me to her house as I silently questioned her wardrobe selection (plaid shirt, jeans, and artificial beer belly.)

When I arrived at WOG, everyone present was dressed in outfits that "represented their role in the household." I should've turned these portraits in for my assignment, but alas, I forgot that I had these precious gems on my laptop. Well world, here they are. The ladies of WOG.

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