Assignment #3 – Portraiture

Due: Wednesday, 4/26

I’m human, you’re human, we are all human. Yay people!

Now that you have a sense of how to use the studio to create light and make photographs of objects, it’s time to move on to photographing humans. I’m sure you know some already, and being that you are a photographer I’m sure you have noticed somebody who you would like to photograph. Here is your chance. This assignment has two related parts. You will make two different types of portraits. Choose a subject who will be willing to be photographed twice.

The first portrait you will make using available light. This may be a very natural looking image, or it may be dramatic and dynamic. Your subject, lighting and technique can be sophisticated and interesting, but this image should not look like it was made in a studio, but in a real space under real light. You may choose to create some of the light in the scene through reflection or use of lighting equipment, but the lighting should not play such a large role that it calls attention to itself  – let your subject and your technique do that.

The second portrait will be of the same person, but created in studio. Make use of standard portrait lighting techniques, but explore, experiment and build on those to create a look which is appropriate for your subject and style. Pay careful attention to lighting ratio and color as well.

You will turn in:

Your raw photos (at least 72 frames)
Your working images as PSD files
Your final jpegs (2)

You will be graded on the following:

20pts. Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept

20pts – Use of sophisticated portrait lighting at a professional level

20pts – Technical excellence in terms of sharpness, exposure and color balance

20pts – Capturing a compelling or dramatic expression and pose

20pts – Post processing to enhance the image at a professional level

Work will be shown in a critique on 4/26. All students must attend the critique.