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Unit 4   Portraits  


Shoot One  


This is  a  photo  that  I  found  online  so  I  don’t  know  anything  about  the  photographer  that  took  this  exact  photo  however  I   have  researched  and  tested  how  it  is  possible  to  achieve  this  outcome.  This  photograph  strikes  me  as  a  very  modern   photo  because  it  looks  like  there  has  been  a  reasonable  amount  of  photoshop  that  has  gone  into  it,  it  is  hard  to  believe   that  this  was  a  raw  photo  taken  straight  from  the  camera  like  tradi2onal  photos  would  have  been,  firstly  the  colors  are   almost  unnaturally  vibrant.  I  like  the  composi2on  in  this  photo  because  the  glasses  are  in  the  centre  of  the  image  but   there  is  s2ll  a  weight  to  the  leE  of  the  image  because  it  is  in  the  leE  lens  that  the  background  is  most  focused  which  is   the  main  point  of  the  image  and  also  the  hand  holding  the  frame  is  on  the  leE.  There  is  a  lot  of  depth  of  field  in  this   photo  but  I  don’t  think  that  its  is  because  a  very  wide  aperture  was  used,  I  think  it  is  because  there  is  a  very  large   distance  between  the  foreground  and  background  which  would  also  cause  a  large  depth  of  field  in  the  same  way  that  a   wide  aperture  would.  Since  my  brief  is  portraits  I  will  need  to  adjust  my  shoot  so  that  I  include  a  person  in  it,  I  will  have   the  main  subject  as  the  person  which  is  in  focus  but  only  a  small  part  of  them  will  be,  the  head  and  top  torso  will  be  in   focus  with  the  res  of  the  body  out  of  focus.  My  interpreta2on  of  this  shot  is  that  it  conveys  the  feeling  of  summer  and   bright  weather  but  in  my  shoot  I  will  only  be  using  the  idea  of  looking  through  glasses  and  exclude  the  outdoor  part  of   the  shot.  

Inspira2on


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Final  Outcome  


Self Review   The  first  problem  that  I  encountered  was  that  it  is  not  possible  to  get  the  frame  of  the  glasses  in   focus  when  the  background  or  subject  was  also  in  focus,  so  what  I  had  to  do  was  take  two   different  images  (one  of  the  frame  of  the  glasses  and  my  hand  and  one  of  the  subject  or   person).  I  then  had  to  cut  out  the  frame  of  the  glasses  out  and  put  it  into  the  portrait  image   but  I  also  had  to  cut  out  the  lens  of  the  glasses  and  use  the  blending  op2ons  so  that  I  could   make  the  final  image  as  authen2c  as  possible  with  the  reflec2ons  you  would  get  in   photographing  glasses.   Composi2onally  I  had  to  change  the  image  from  the  inspira2on  because  if  I  had  both  of  the   lenses  in  shot  then  this  leE  too  liOle  space  for  the  subject  so  I  had  to  compromise  and  only   use  one  lens  in  shot.  However,  I  s2ll  feel  that  it  is  a  very  full  shot  with  not  a  lot  of  empty   space  of  color  in  it.   I  am  vey  pleased  with  the  way  that  my  image  has  turned  out  because  I  feel  that  it  looks  very   authen2c  and  I  believe  that  to  someone  who  hasn’t  done  photography  this  doesn’t  look   photoshopped.    


Shoot Two  


Inspira2on This  photograph  was  done  INSERT  NAME  and  I  feel  that  it   has  been  a  very  influen2al  photo  in  the  conduc2ng   of  this  shoot.  I  knew  how  I  would  go  about  doing   this  shoot  straight  away  however  this  image  gave  me   the  ini2al  idea.  It  is  clear  that  this  image  has   undergone  photoshop  but  I  think  that  the  only  thing   it  has  had  done  to  it  is  to  get  the  eye  and  eyebrow  to   show  through  the  arm.  There  is  no  composi2onal   technique  that  I  have  no2ced  in  this  photo  but   because  it  isn't  a  landscape  photo  it  doesn’t  maOer   as  much,  I  feel  that  composi2onal  techniques  aren’t   as  important  in  portrait  photography.  I  like  how  in   this  photo  there  is  very  liOle  color,  the  only  vibrant   color  is  the  red  on  the  lips  and  everything  else  is   very  pale  with  the  subject  almost  blending  in  with   the  white  background,  I  think  this  coloring  suits  this   photo  however  it  is  not  the  style  that  I  would  use  in   my  photo.  I  don’t  think  that  the  people  I  will  be   photography  have  the  right  skin  complexion.    


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Final Outcome  


Self Review   I  feel  that  this  shoot  went  very  well  because  it  was  very  simple.  I  tried  to  achieve  the  same   coloring  style  as  was  in  the  shot  I  used  in  my  inspira2on,  my  brother  was  a  very  good  model   because  he  has  a  freakishly  fair  skin  complexion  for  being  half  Greek.  I  think  that  I  was  able  to   use  the  image  in  my  inspira2on  sec2on  very  well  and  learn  what  I  needed  to  do  before   conduc2on  the  shoot.     The  main  problem  I  encountered  with  this  shoot  was  trying  to  get  my  brother  to  hold  his  head   s2ll  in  between  the  two  shots  because  the  ini2al  photoshoping  plan  was  to  have  the  two   images  layered  over  each  other  and  rub  through  one  but  since  my  brother  didn’t  stay  s2ll  I   had  to  cut  out  the  eye  from  one  shot  and  they  copy,  adjust  and  move  the  eye  into  place  over   the  hand.  I  also  changed  the  opacity  of  the  layer  down  to  50%  so  that  you  could  see  some  a   the  hand  through  the  eye.  


Shoot Three  


Inspira2on The  idea  for  this  photo  came  from  an  ar2cle  that  I  had   read  in  the  magazine  “Digital  Photographer”.  I  like   this  style  of  image  very  much  because  it  just   strikes  me  as  a  very  vibrant  image.  There  will   have  been  a  substan2al  amount  of  photoshop   that  has  gone  into  this  image  because  it  is  not   possible  to  get  that  contrast  and  clarity  with  just   a  raw  shot.  There  must  have  been  a  lot  of  toying   with  the  contrast  and  other  forms  of  making  the   wrinkles  stand  out  so  much.  Composi2onally  this   image  is  very  simple,  the  subject  of  the  image  is   dead  centre  of  the  shot  with  very  liOle  else  going   on  in  the  shot.  I  think  that  the  hardest  part  of  this   shoot  will  be    the  photoshoping  element.  There  is   no  depth  of  field  in  this  shot  because  the  en2re   frame  is  occupied  by  the  figures  face  which  is  the   subject.  


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Final Outcome  


Self Review   I  think  that  this  shoot  was  one  of  my  least  successful  ones  because  it  found  it  surprisingly  hard  to   achieve  the  same  style  or  finish  to  the  image  that  I  used  in  my  inspira2on  sec2on.  I  think  the   man  


Shoot Four  


Inspira2on

This is  a  photo  that  I  found  online  whilst  searching  for  ideas  so  I  don’t  have  a  specific  ar2st  for  this  shot  however  I  will   analyze  and  take  inspira2on  from  this  photo  s2ll.  In  my  opinion  this  image  must  have  been  photoshoped  because  the   blueness  of  the  eyes  does  not  look  natural  so  in  the  edi2ng  of  my  shoot  I  will  try  to  keep  the  photoshoping  subtle  but  I   will  s2ll  need  to  photograph  someone  that  has  either  blue  or  green  eyes  because  I  want  to  keep  the  photoshoping  to  a   minimum  so  the  final  image  looks  as  natural  as  possible.  One  more  thing  that  I  would  do  in  my  image  is  to  not  have  the   subject  occupying  the  en2re  frame  because  there  is  no  depth  of  field  in  this  image  what  so  ever  so  I  will  try  to  include   some  depth  of  field  in  my  shoot,  because  I  thing  that  this  image  looks  quite  empty  due  to  the  lack  of  it.  I  like  how  in  this   shot  the  subject  has  some  material  over  most  of  her  face  which  focuses  our  aOen2on  to  the  eyes  but  it  also   compliment  the  color  of  the  eyes  because  they  are  both  of  the  same  shade  blue.  


Thumbnails Â


Final Outcome  


Self Review   I  feel  that  my  shoot  went  very  well  because  I  was  able  to  keep  the  photoshoping  to  a  minimum   which  made  for  a  very  natural  looking  photo,  I  would  like  to  think  that  you  wouldn’t  be  able   to  no2ce  that  there  was  any  photoshoping  that  went  into  this  image.   Upon  edi2ng  this  shot  all  I  changed  was  the  color  of  the  eyes  slightly  because  the  flash  made  the   eyes  look  very  pale  and  discolored  as  if  they  had  been  bleached  even  though  Sophie  has  very   blue  eyes  in  person.  I  leE  in  any  other  imperfec2ons  like  the  barely  visible  spots  or  blemishes   above/in  between  the  eyebrows,  I  did  this  because  I  wanted  to  tamper  with  a  liOle  of  the   image  as  possible.   Composi2onally  I  like  this  image  a  lot  because  I  have  copied  the  composi2onal  technique  of  the   shot  that  was  used  in  the  inspira2on  sec2on  however  I  said  that  it  looked  quite  empty   because  there  was  no  depth  of  field  in  the  image  so  when  I  was  cropping  the  image  to  size  I   leE  some  of  the  background  in  so  that  you  could  see  the  unfocused  or  soE  feel  to  the  hair.  


Shoot Five  


Inspira2on The  idea  for  this  photo  shoot  came  from  just  some  general  knowledge  about  super  imposing,  I  wanted  to  do  a  shoot  that   was  very  abstract  and  wouldn’t  work  without  the  technique  of  superimposi2on.  In  this  photograph  there  is  a  different   style  to  the  shoot  I  want  to  conduct  but  s2ll  uses  the  same  photographic  techniques.  


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Final Outcome  


Self Review   The  problem  that  I  encountered  in  the  edi2ng  of  this  shoot  was  trying  to  get  the  drop  shadow  of   the  Lego  figure  to  look  right,  I  s2ll  feel  that  it  could  have  been  done  beOer  but    


Shoot Six  


Inspira2on The  inspira2on  for  this  shoot  oddly  came  from  a  movie   poster,  the  Final  Des2na2on  movie  poster  gave  me  an   idea  for  a  weird  twist  on  the  normal  portraiture   photography.  The  conduc2ng  of  this  shoot  would  be   very  simple  because  all  it  is  is  taking  a  close  up  photo  of   someone’s  face  but  the  main  part  of  this  image  would   be  in  the  edi2ng  to  make  this  very  unnatural  photo  look   as  natural  as  possible.  It  is  hard  to  analyze  this  photo   because  it  was  not  intended  to  have  any  photographic   techniques  to  be  included  all  I  can  take  from  it  is  the   idea  and  the  concept  of  what  I  am  going  to  do  and   exsiccate  the  shoo2ng  in  my  own  way.  


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Final Outcome  


Self Review   The  first  problem  that  I  encountered  upon  edi2ng  this  shoot  was  that  photos  where  a  slightly   different  style  to  the  ones  in  the  movie  poster.  In  the  poster  the  people  have  no  expression   on  their  face  and  the  image  has  a  much  darker  feel  to  it,  I  was  very  caught  up  in  taking  a  very   good  ini2al  image  that  I  didn’t  think  of  this  however  I  don’t  think  that  it  affected  the  final   outcome  of  the  edited  shots  very  much.  I  think  that  the  edi2ng  also  went  well  and  the   blending  look  quite  natural.   The  composi2on  of  this  image  was  very  simple,  the  subject  was  in  the  centre  of  the  frame  taking   up  most  of  the  space  with  the  skull  taking  up  just  a  liOle  bit  more  of  its  fair  half  of  the  image   because  if  the  face  blended  into  the  skull  in  the  dead  centre  of  the  image  then  it  looked  too   perfect  and  at  a  glance  there  was  something  that  didn’t  look  right  in  the  image.   In  conclusion  I  think  that  this  shoot  was  very  successful  because  the  photoshoping  and  the  ini2al   shoot  went  well  so  there  was  really  no  reason  why  this  image  wouldn’t  have  turned  out  the   way  I  intended  it  too.  


Shoot Seven  


Inspira2on This  image  gave  me  a  very  good  idea   for  a  photo  shoot,  I  instantly  fell   in  love  with  this  photo.  I  was   searching  through  typographic   and  this  is  the  image  that  struck   me  as  the  best  mostly  because  it   is  clear  that  the  person  who  did   this  has  clearly  taken  a  lot  of   2me  and  effort  to  edit  this  image   because  the  words  follow  the   contours  of  the  face,  this  is   incredibly  hard  to  do  so  I  can   only  try  a  much  simpler  version   of  this  shot  by  using  different   blend  modes  and  erasing.  


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Final Outcome  


Final Outcome  


Self Review   There  are  two  final  outcomes  here  because  I  couldn’t  decide  which  one  was  beOer,  in  one  of   them  I  just  used  a  the  blend  mode  overlay  to  slightly  match  the  color  of  the  text  to  the  skin   color  which  made  for  an  interes2ng  outcome  however  in  the  other  one  more  photoshoping   was  needed.  Instead  of  just  using  a  blend  mode  I  made  the  text  a  close  together  as  possible   so  that  if  took  up  as  much  space  as  possible  and  then  I  selected  the  inverse  of  it  and  rubbed   through  the  layer  that  had  my  brother’s  face  on  it.  This  made  for  a  very  interes2ng  photo   because  from  a  distance  it  looked  like  there  are  just  come  lines  over  his  face  but  at  a  closer   look  you  can  see  that  it  is  actually  text.   This  is  the  only  photo  shoot  that  I  have  done  that  has  included  a  hidden  meaning,  the  2tle  on  the   shot  “always  know  your  roots”  may  seem  like  it  has  no  relevance  however  the  text  that  is   overlayed  on  the  shot  is  actually  a  descrip2on  of  how  photography  started  

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