Portrait SUMMATIVE

Special Lighting:

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This was one of my favorite portraits I took during this unit, mostly because of the unique lighting. Mikayla and I changed the theatre lighting backstage to give it a blueish tinge, and by shining a light on her mussed up hair, I got a huge contrast of light and dark down the middle of the photo.

Mood:

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Unlike most of my photos, this was a completely candid shot of my sister. Whilst taking pictures of the water and playing with fast shutter speeds; I found the perfect moment when my sister wasn’t looking to take a photo. I like that the photo is not only centered, but the blue water and her expression go together to show mood.

Special Effects:

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After a lot of trial and error, Mikayla and I managed to get interesting shadows from a piece of cardboard over a light. From this hour of shooting different lightings, positions and shadows, I found that tilted, larger stripes looked best for portraits. Then, using photoshop skills from the color unit, I used selective coloring on her hair and face to emphasize it. I feel like changing the hair color to a pale purple made the image look more interesting and less average – as well as gave a pop of color in an otherwise dull image.

Tells A Story:

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I had the most fun taking this triptych photo as I got to visit the elementary school and take pictures of the kids during play-time. Out of all the students, the boy above was the most active and excited, which is the reason I chose to ‘tell a story’ through portraits of him. These three photos combined required a fast shutter speed, mostly because of how much he was moving, and also a lot of cropping to get rid of background distractions.

Self – Portrait:

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While at the beach I decided to take my self-portraits because of the natural lighting and interesting background, and after taking a lot of images, it ended up that the one I took by accident looked the best. Because of the lighting from the sun, the way my hair is messy and flying around, and how perfectly centered and in focus the portrait is, I found it was the best to pick. To edit it and make it more visually interesting and appealing, I used the liquify tool on Photoshop to give a melting-sunglasses look on my face.

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