Learning from the masters. John Rankin. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?. id=7227864n&tag=mncol;lst;2. Dorothea Lange. What makes a good portrait?. Is there a story?. How to capture a great portrait. ID: 369906
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Learning from the mastersSlide2
What makes a good portrait?
Is there a story?Slide4
How to capture a great portrait
Alter Your Perspective
Most portraits are taken with the camera at (or around) the eye level of the subject. While this is good common sense – completely changing the angle that you shoot from can give your portrait a real WOW factor.Slide5
Play with eye contact
Looking off camera
have your subject focus their attention on something unseen and outside the field of view of your camera. This can create a feeling of candidness and also create a little intrigue and interest as the viewer of the shot wonders what they are looking at. Or Looking within the framealternatively you could have your subject looking at something (or someone) within the frame.Slide6
Break the rules of composition
Rule of ThirdsPlacing your subject either dead center can sometimes create a powerful image – or even creative placement with your subject right on the edge of a shot can sometimes create interesting images.Slide7
Experiment with lighting
Another element of randomness that you can introduce to your portraits is the way that you light them. There are almost unlimited possibilities when it comes to using light in portraits.
Side-lighting can create mood, backlighting and silhouetting your subject to hide their features can be powerful.Slide8
Experiment with lighting
Silhouettes are another way of creating dramatic lighting effects.
Matthew Jordan Smith, photographer
Move your subject out of their comfort zone
Ask your subject to do something out of the ordinary for some really extreme shots.
Sometimes posed shots can look somewhat…. posed. Some people don’t look good in a posed environment and so switching to a candid type approach can work.
Photograph your subject at work, with family or doing something that they love. This will put them more at ease and you can end up getting some special shots with them reacting naturally to the situation that they are in.Slide11
Most of my photos are grounded in people, I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face.
- Steve McCurrySlide12
INTRODUCE A PROP
Add a prop of some kind into your shots and you create another point of interest that can enhance your shot.
Yes you might run the risk of taking too much focus away from your main subject but you could also really add a sense of story and place to the image that takes it in a new direction and gives the person you’re photographing an extra layer of depth that they wouldn’t have had without the prop.Slide13
FOCUS UPON ONE BODY PART – CLOSE UP
photograph a part of your subject. Photographing a person’s hands, eyes, mouth or even just their lower body… can leave a lot to the imagination of the viewer of an image.
Sometimes it’s what is left out of an image that says more than what is included.Slide14
TAKE A SERIES OF SHOTSSlide15
Part 1 – Research master photographer
Part 2 – Take 1
set of 12 images, emulating photographer
Part 3 – Take 2
set of 12 images, develop your own style
Part 4 – Print contact sheets and large photos
Part 5 - CritiqueSlide17
Masters of photography.comCheck list
Start with the RESEARCH portion of the project first
Google images to collect your images -
appropriate portrait images ONLY
Save all images into a folder called PORTRAITS
Decide which master photographer you will study
Type 1 paragraph biography on master photographer
Save to your Portrait folder
When all of the above is complete then you may move onto taking photographsSlide18
Emphasis on handsEmphasis on feet/shoesClose-upExtreme close-upMedium shot against a blurred background Full figure (long shot)
1st set of 12 photos
Angle – Worm’s Eye view
Angle – Bird’s Eye view
in a “Crowd”Slide19
1st 12 photos
Emulate your chosen photographer’s style
Print a contact sheet of all 12 black & white photos to lab 208 4700 laser printer
Pick your best two photos to print in large scale
Put all 12 completed photos on my flash drive in a folder with your first and last nameSlide20
2nd set of 12 photos
These photos will consist of your
Using the photographer you studied for inspiration, you should now feel confident to break free and create your own sense of style
The last 12 photos will be shot in color but
you can choose to convert them
to black and
white, sepia tone or a combination of both,
but they should be consistent
Print a contact sheet
You will be printing your 2 best photos and submitting all remaining 12 photos to me on my flash driveSlide21