These are just some of my favorite shots from my portraiture class this past quarter (Spring ’11). I really enjoyed the class even though it is technically a commercial photography class. It taught me a lot about thinking about light. Click on each image to see them individually at a larger size.
This image was from our “Alternative Process” assignment; shoot a portrait with anything but our DSLRs. I decided to go with a grungy look. I shot with the cheapest disposable camera I could find and used a one-hour photo processing lab. I then scanned the image and edited it using some warming filters in photoshop.
This is my favorite of three diptychs from my final series. We had full-reign over what we wanted to do. I wanted to capture true emotion from people, not the nervousness you usually get from people during a portrait shoot. I decided the best way to do this is with the element of surprise. I threw water on unsuspecting people and captured their reaction.
This was our first assignment of the class, “Portrait of a Classmate.” It was an ice-breaker of sorts; we were randomly paired up with other members of the class. It had to tell us about the classmate’s personality, interests, and likes.
This was our “Non-Facial” assignment. The requirements were a black and white diptych telling us about a person with neither image showing the person’s face.