My Portrait Photography Class

October 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

As some of you know I am taking classes in Computer Networking but along the way I am working toward earning a minor in photography.  One of the classes I get to take is called Portrait Photography.  In this class we are taught the fundamentals of lighting and posing "human" subjects.  Throughout the semester we are given numerous assignments challenging us to be better photographers.  It's also a part of our job as a photographer, to edit the photos to the best of our abilities.  

At first, I didn't start out as well as I hoped I would.  Our first assignment was "North Window Light."  When photographing portraits, there are a lot of things our details one must remember to make that breath taking shot.  Window light requires the main light source to be the soft light produced from light reflecting back through a window.  The sun can't be directly coming in through the window, it has to be from other windows to get the effect that is wanted.  It can create some awesome effects if it's done correctly!

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Our second assignment was a Low Key portrait.  Low key consists of using a black backdrop with your subject wearing dark clothes (as you can see I didn't do that correctly in the photograph below).  At this point my posing was rather general, and non-creative.  All in good time will you be able to remember everything to make a good picture.

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Our most recent assignment is the High Key photo.  Instead of a black backdrop like that of the Low Key, the High Key portrait requires the use of a white background, with the subject wearing a white or light color set of clothes.  One might be able to tell that, my skills in posing have gotten better as this class progressed.  This photo for me, has been the highest grade yet so far this semester!  Hopefully I can continue this trend with the rest of my photos.

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Stay tuned for later in the semester when I put more and more of my assignments online!  Thanks for reading!


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