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You will shoot four different self-portraits over break. You need to pick four photo types from the following five categories.
1. A self-portrait where color is emphasized.Color may include wardrobe, location, props, or natural objects. Think of your picture as a one or two color concept picture.
2. A picture that emphasizes lighting and shadows. This will be a grayscale self-portrait.
3. A self-portrait that showcases your interests and hobbies.In this picture we learn what you like to do away from school. Think about what interests you and transfer that into a photo.
4. A fantasy self-portrait.
Dress up and use costumes. In this self-portrait you can use Photoshop
to enhance your picture in any way, shape, or form. Transfer yourself
to Hawaii or become a Viking like you have always wanted.
5. The Supermodel self-portrait. Dress up like a GQ or Cosmopolitan magazine model.This can be a grayscale or color picture.You will use Photoshop to airbrush and enhance this photo.
You will edit 16 of your Portrait photos. Please use at least 7 of the "vintage" style adjustments listed below. Please make sure you save your work using the "vintage" name at the end. On Tuesday the 20th please turn in a Portraits Adjusted CS along with your Best Picture (this pictures might NOT be the one in the display case).
Cross processed photographs
are recognisable from the unusual colours and tones in the final shot.
The effect was originally produced from developing the photographic
film using the wrong mix of chemicals. Nowadays, a cross processed
style can be simply achieved in just a few steps. Photoshop Support shows us how.
The Russian made Lomo LC-A camera
was manufactured a cheap alternative to the higher quality Japanese
rivals. It was poorly made and the photographs it produced were just as
bad, however as time passed popular culture brought the mis-coloured
shots from the Lomo camera into a whole new light, which is now a very
sought after effect. Not everyone has the opportunity of trying out the
original camera model, but Digital Photography School has some great tips on mimicking the effect in Photoshop.
Vintage Photo Effect
With limited technology the early colour photographs
often had poor colour reproduction, with shots having an obvious
colour casts and inaccurate tones. Today the effect can transform a
photograph, instantly sending it back in time to give the impression of
an aged effect. Veerle takes us through some techniques for producing a vintage style photo using a few simple Photoshop tweaks.
Tilt Shift Photography
is a photographic technique where the image plane is rotated, giving a
very shallow depth of field but maintaining sharpness in a specific
area of the shot. One of the popular post processing effects related to
tilt shift photography is known as miniature faking, where the depth
of field manually added to a shot gives the illusion of tiny model
figures and sceneries. TiltShiftPhotography.net has this fantastic overview of creating the effect yourself.
The Velvia Effect
Fujifilm Velvia film
created highly saturated, largely contrasting and extremely sharp
images, which made it particularly popular with nature and landscape
photographers. PSHero takes a look at using modern day Photoshop techniques to recreate the Velvia effect.
Dark Grunge Photo Effect
The term grunge
has evolved from the music genre also known as Seattle Sound,
characterized by stripped down sounds and heavily distorted guitars. The
term grunge also made its way into photo post processing, where the
key features are muted colours and large areas of texture and grain. PSHero has this excellent tutorial for creating your own dark grunge photo effect.
Alongside post processing, the video filming of movies often involves a range of camera filters. Ebin
has this fantastic tutorial for creating a polished movie-like effect
complete with diffusion glow and temperature tweaks in Photoshop.
You will shoot portraits over the next two weeks on Friday Dec. 9 and Wednesday Dec. 14. One
day you will shoot at school using the lights in the studio and the other day you will
shoot off-campus at a predetermined location. You will shoot AT LEAST 24 pictures of your subject each day (most of you will shoot between 50 and 75 pictures.
You can, and probably should, take pictures on the
weekend as well.
two interesting human subjects. The people you choose should WANT to be
in the picture and they should be willing to cooperate.It's OK to work with people in this class. 2.
Talk to your subject. What type of portraits do you want to create? Use colors or lighting to create a concept for
your portrait. Costumes or uniforms work great. Imaginary ideas are OK.
Choose an interesting setting based on your concept. 3. Change angles between shots. Shoot at least 24 pictures of each subject. 4. Use props if they will help the audience learn something about the subject. 5.
Vary the lighting. Use filters, flashlights, lamps, or multiple lights
to enhance your picture. Use the different lighting techniques that you
will read about in class (see above). 6. Encourage different emotional looks. Pretend you are Austin Powers taking pictures. Tell your subject they are "groovy". 7. Having your subjects "pose" in action is just fine. 8.
Most importantly for this assignment don't forget your compostion
rules. Use framing, leading lines, rule of thirds, color contrast etc.
to enhance your photo. Fill the frame.