GDS 73 - Digital Photography Online - Portraits OR Life in a Pandemic

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Assignment 8 - Portraits OR Life in a Pandemic:

You have 2 choices for Assignment 8.
Since we are coming out of pandemic restrictions, you can do either version of Assignment 8

Updated:Mon, Oct 25 at 1:15PM For Either option, make sure to use the Rule of Thirds in at least 5 of your images. Tell me which images you used it on in the submission comments. Make sure to watch the videos at the bottom of the page for tips on using the Rule of Thirds.

OPTION 1
Assignment 8 - Life in a Pandemic

To Turn in(Please read carefully):

  • Pick Your 10 best images and process them in Camera Raw and resize your images to a maximum dimension of 1000 pixels wide or 1000 pixels high(watch the videos on image processing and importing/exporting in Lightroom.)
  • Save them as jpegs with a quality setting of 7 for the image processor in Photoshop, or 70 in Lightoom.
  • Please DO NOT turn in your Raw files. They are too big and may cause problems for Canvas.
  • Make sure your images are named like this:
    firstname_lastname_imagenumber.jpg
  • Make sure your name is on each image.
  • Put only your 5-10 best images in a folder, zip the folder and drop them into Assignment 8 in the weekly module.

OPTION 2
Assignment 8 - Portraits: Do 2 outdoor portrait series' of 2 different people.

Requirements:

  1. Shoot at least some of your images using a reflector of some kind to bounce the light as in the bounce videos above. Add 1 image of the reflector you used.
  2. Make sure to use the Rule of Thirds in at least 5 of your images. Tell me which images you used it on in the submission comments. Make sure to watch the videos at the bottom of the page for tips on using the Rule of Thirds.

Tips

  • Try out some of the techniques in this video.
  • Try to position the bounce or diffuser higher that the subjects head, instead of below.
  • The underlighting position(where the board use under the subject) is probably less useful.
  • You probably could use a third person to hold the bounce/diffuser.

Series 1:

One series will be of someone you know. The images can be posed or candid.

Series 2:

The second series is of someone you don't know very well or at all. A friend of a friend or acquaintance would work well, or approach someone who looks interesting to you and ask to take their photograph. It could be at an event, a park, on the street, etc. You can tell tell them it's for a school assignment, which can help if they are suspicious of your motives. You can have them look at the camera, or you can capture the person as they are performing an activity or interacting with others. Part of the challenge here for you is working with and talking to someone you don't know very well. Try to fill the frame with relevant information, not a lot of irrelevant background.

For both series, try to portray the subject's character. Shoot at least 20 images of each person, probably more if possible. Lighting can can be natural or artificial, but try to use the ambient(existing) light as much as possible. You can use flash if necessary to supplement the existing light(fill flash). GET CLOSE for at least some images. Use some of the techniques from the videos above on using bounce light.
Required:
Shoot at least some of your images using a reflector of some kind to bounce the light as in the bounce videos above. You can use a reflector like this from Amazon, or it can just be a piece of white foam core board from someplace like Michaels. To show you used it, include an extra photo of the board in use during your shoot. This would be your 11th image.

Download examples from the portrait assignment here.

To Turn in(Please read carefully):

  • Pick the 5 best images from each session, 10 images total and resize your images to a maximum dimension of 1000 pixels wide or 1000 pixels high(watch the videos on image processing and importing/exporting in Lightroom.)
  • Add 1 more image of the reflector you used on at least 5 of the 10 portraits.
  • Save them as jpegs with a quality setting of 7 for the image processor in Photoshop, or 70 in Lightoom.
  • Make sure your images are named like this:
    firstname_lastname_portrait_assignment _datecreated_imagenumber.jpg
  • Make sure your name is on each image.
  • Put your 10 best images in a folder, along with the 11th image of the reflector, zip the folder and drop them into the drop box for the assignment.