BASIC FILM PHOTO CHALLENGE
Photoshoot: Film Roll #3 – Portraiture & Drama
Creating an image without a camera can be challenging since it’s necessary to determine how the image processing works. Using photosensitive chemicals and sunlight, one can creatively make an image with simple composition skills.
On this assignment, you should include skills that demonstrate the following:
Close Ups: Face
Close Ups: Other
People on the street Personality
Dramatic Lighting and Angles
Interesting angles. Shoot down from the top of a stair. Or shoot up lying on your back. Frame someone framed with something else. Or really close, or shoot a seldom-seen view. Use your creativity, as long as it’s not the common viewpoint. Prepare at least two unusual angles.
Light. Photos relying on several common qualities of light. Include at least three different examples from these options:
- Strong natural light, dramatic shadows and highlights.
- May be sunlight, strong window light.
- Try setting up a spotlight or lamp.
- Flash off camera, bounced off a ceiling or wall.
- If your flash won’t bounce, try a white Kleenex to diffuse the light.
- Diffused light, cloudy day, light filtered through a window.
Include people in at least half your photos. You will be including written cutlines describing the light in each.
Don’t work too hard to position your subject. The goal is for your subject to relax and fall into a natural pose. Try shooting in your subject’s favorite place, using meaningful props, like a trophy, a musical instrument, or even a fish.
Fill the frame with your subject to create pictures with greater impact. Step in close or use your camera’s zoom to emphasize what is important and exclude the rest. Check the manual for your camera’s closest focusing distance.
Variety is important. Take candid pictures to show them working, playing, leaning against a banister chatting, or relaxing.
Use Natural Light
You may be surprised to learn that cloudy, overcast days provide the best lighting for pictures of people. Bright sun makes people squint, and it throws harsh shadows on their faces. On overcast days, the soft light flatters faces. Indoors, try turning off the flash and use the light coming in from a window to give your subject a soft, almost glowing appearance. Window light is wonderful to use, especially with people.
Avoid Harsh Shadows
Avoid harsh facial shadows by using the soft lighting of a cloudy day or a shady area. On sunny days, if your camera has several flash modes, select Fill-Flash. This will fire the flash even in bright sunlight. This “fills” the shadows on nearby subjects, creating more flattering portraits in direct sunlight. Check your camera’s manual.
- Client Basic Film Photography
- Date November 20, 2016
- Tags BFP Challenges
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