Portraits continue to be the majority of the images we take and see, but how are they done. We'll experiment with a couple of techniques, as well as hone our understanding of lighting, focus, depth of field, composition, and more.
3 portraits are due: At least two different people
- Isolated Portrait
- Turn off flash
- Side window lighting (indirect lighting, such as cloudy day, or north facing window)
- background blurry (close, wide aperture, telephoto lens), plain un-obtrusive background
- Reflected light on the opposite side of the face.
- person 10feet away from background
- person close to window light
- vertical or horizontal?
- person looking at the camera or away?
- Beware of other artificial lights in the background or lighting your subject from the other side.
- Avoid including the window in the composition
- Backlighting with fill flash (hair light)
- Use the hairlight effect to separate your subject from a dark background
- Have the lightsource coming down and from behind, not eclipsed by their head
- Environmental portrait that includes a meaningful background (a context that tells us a story about the person)
- Everything in focus
- Wide angle
- How does our subject relate to the world?
All portraits must be a single human subject with a face.
For editing, I would like you to enhance both portraits by:
- Auto Contrast
- Healing Brush
- Burning the edges
- Reduce or increase saturation (for portraits, often less saturation is better)
- Blur tool if needed for background
- Remove a distracting object from environmental portrait with the clone stamp tool