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Digital Photography 2
5 Portrait Sets

For this assignment you need to have 3 portraits (HEAD SHOTS) and 2 other photos
for each of the 5 people you photograph published to your weebly by Friday May
12th. You will need to have a total of 25 images published, including titles for all 25
and an artist statement for each. You may include more than 3 but you need to make
sure that there are 3 close-ups. USE NATURAL LIGHT! Keep this in mind when you
do the environmental portraits.

Because of our time constraints please note that you will not need to do all the
things on the tabs below. Use them as guides. However, the Environmental Portraits
has a guide to asking the questions you need for your artist statements and
everyone will need to do the Silhouette worksheet

I have given you a handout on how you can get inspired and seek out your client in
different ways. Below you will find links to projects and different way to approach
the project.

On of the most important items to keep in mind while taking portraits is the background
noise. Through the semester I have asked you to take different photos of different themes.
You may have used work in your Photoshop Techniques and some you can use for your
Portraits. Your models will only look as good as you make them. Have fun!

Here are some links to amazing Portrait Photographers.

Great site for more Portrait Photographers: Top 10 Photographers for Travel

100 Portraits- 100 Photographers: Selections from the Archive

10 Portrait Photographers You Should Follow Right Now

Great article 7 Tips Your Camera Manual Never Told You About Portrait Photography

Basic Lighting tab will help you arrange lights and your client to get a better picture.

Please look at the Changing the Background tab to use your Scavenger Hunt
Clouds to enhance your Portraits.

Double Exposure tab is another option for you to consider with portraits. If you do
these please be aware that they still need to be HEADSHOTS. However instead of 5
you will create 3. For further guidance please click on the link:

The Blurring the Background tab will help you blur out background NOISE.

The Environmental Portrait tab is important in explaining the reason you take
these type of photos.

An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject's usual
environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the
subject's life and surroundings. The term is most frequently used of a genre
of photography. By photographing a person in their natural surroundings, it is
thought that you will be able to better illuminate their character, and therefore
portray the essence of their personality, rather than merely a likeness of their
physical features. It is also thought that by photographing a person in their natural
surroundings, the subject will be more at ease, and so be more conducive to
expressing themselves, as opposed to in a studio, which can be a rather intimidating
and artificial experience.

The surroundings or background is a key element in environmental portraiture, and

is used to convey further information about the person being photographed.
Where it is common in studio portraiture and even in location candid photography
to shoot using a shallow depth of field, thereby throwing the background out of
focus, the background in environmental portraiture is an integral part of the image.
Indeed, small apertures and great depth of field are commonly used in this type of

While it is often true that the background may dominate the subject, this need not
necessarily be so. In fact, the details that convey the message from the surroundings
can often be quite small and still be significant. The key seems to be in the
symbolism expressed by various elements in the background; for instance, a
baseball cap may not tell you much about your subject (unless he or she is a baseball
player), but a chef's hat gives you a lot more detail about who he is and what he

Use the following to make an awesome Environmental Portfolio Triptych on one

Artist Statements need to answer the following:
1. What do you stand for?

2. How do you feel others perceive you

3. What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime?

4. Who are you?

Another idea that might work is a Silhouette. These images can be tricky so make
sure if you focus on this style you still get your 3 headshots. Try to have some light
hit their face which will add drama.

silo oet/
plural noun: silhouettes
1. 1.
the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter
background, especially in dim light.
synonyms: outline, contour(s), profile, form, shape, figure, shadow
"the silhouette of the dome"

Notes and further resources:
As we discussed in class you can take family portraits but I need to see headshot of
individual or couples. Again 5 photos of each person or couple. Make sure they are
dramatic and tell us something about those being photographed.

Please look at the following work for inspiration: