NL Portraits

NATURAL LIGHT PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY – DIGITAL

Instructions
INTRODUCTION:

If the weather is beautiful outside, and you are able to take photos in both bright sunshine and shade, it’s time to take some photos of a classmate! Experiment with different angles of light by changing your position to the sun, take along a white shirt, or large piece of paper to use as a reflector, and also use the diffused light of shade to get different results. The greatest challenge will be to get good facial expressions in you shots, and keep your subject willing, while you experiment!

PORTRAITS MEANS:

– Camera is turned (you are taking portraits NOT landscapes!)
– Your photos should be Faces only or at most head and shoulders
– If you and your subject are too shy, make sure to use a zoom lens
– Keep your background blurred (use a long lens, stay close and use large apertures f1.8-f3.2)

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Take at least 20 GOOD IMAGES, with a variety of poses / expressions consisting of:
5 Images taken in the Shade to show soft, diffuse lighting (good for skin tone)
5 Images taken with strong side lighting (brings out the facial features)
5 Images taken with strong side lighting plus a reflector (will soften the shadows)
5 Images taken in direct sun, with the subject looking to the side (means no visible shadows)
SUBMIT (As an InDesign file)
Your Files should have 4 pages – one for each lighting setup
Make your best image larger, so it stands out.
Answers these two questions
1. Which type of lighting do you think worked best and why?
2. Which of your portraits do you like best and why?

KEY CRITERIA:

all photos with correct lighting, questions answered

CHALLENGE:

Take many more images, as NO bad shots are acceptable when you are shooting digital in summer!

Gallery of Samples