5 portrait studies using natural light

Another class assignment. This had some more stringent rules and regulations attached to it such as 1) using only ambient light 2) use at least five different people 3) no photoshop or editing except to turn the photos into black and white. 4) cannot use people from our class as models.

I decided to use my iphone to take the photos as booking a DSLR though the school is very restrictive and inconvenient and I was at the whim of other people’s schedules for opportunities.  I also wanted to be a “straight forward” as possible with this series, and be very conventional with my approach. Get close up in most cases. I could be clever and subvert this assignment but I don’t think that’s what my Prof wants to see with this one, and I think that is a bigger challenge for me at the moment. And so here we are with a collection of photos of friends and family, and I think I would like to keep doing more.

Bonus Portraits:

This captures the personality of Jen as well as a close up of her face, I think. She is always expressing herself through physical gestures because she can't be still for very long. I like this photo for the confusing play of light - the sun was in her face but my shadow looks like her shadow. The half circle in the snow behind her reminds me a bit of Botticelli's Birth of Aphrodite.

This captures the personality of Jen as well as a close up of her face, I think. She is always expressing herself through physical gestures because she can’t be still for very long. I like this photo for the confusing play of light – the sun was in her face but my shadow looks like her shadow. The half circle in the snow behind her reminds me a bit of Botticelli’s Birth of Aphrodite.

This scarecrow has been a fixture out of our kitchen window for the last three years. She deserves this. She needs this.

This scarecrow has been a fixture out of our kitchen window for the last three years. She deserves this. She needs this… this actually kinda looks like a selfie.

I used photoshop to create more contrast on this one.

I used photoshop to create more contrast on this one of Joanna.

I photoshopped this. Will have to do another, cleaner version when I get my drawing tablet back... you can see the unblurred edges around his hair.

I photoshopped this. Will have to do another, cleaner version when I get my drawing tablet back… you can see the unblurred edges around his hair.

 

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