As I mentioned in the Assignment 8 Recap, there would be a quick turnaround for the next assignment.
For Assignment 9, I am looking for a portrait of a person and explain how you took it. The portrait can be a head shot (as seen here of my lovely daughter), three-quarters (chest and above) or full length (head to toe). The person can be anyone and taken between now and when the assignment is due.
How do you take a good portrait? First and foremost you must have a good background. It can not be so busy as to take away a viewer’s attention from the person you are photographing. You can use natural backgrounds as I did here or use something as simple as a white bedding sheet.
Next, lighting must be flattering on your model. Here, I had good soft light from an overcast sky. I angled my daughter so the light direction was to the camera’s left giving her face nice definition. The cloudy sky allowed her to have her eyes open and not squinting. You can use anything you want to get the light the way you want it. Natural or artificial (flash), reflectors, umbrellas, soft boxes, etc. The photo of my daughter would have been improved if I had used fill flash to create catchlights in her eyes.
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As in the other assignments, do not send me your photos. What I would like you to do is post them on your blog, flickr or other photo sharing site, personal website or any other place on the Internet where you can place a link to it here by making a comment to this blog entry. Then we can visit those sites and enjoy everyone’s Portraiture.
Please, have your photos posted on or before Midnight (your time), Wednesday, September 29, 2010. Don’t have a place to post? Might be a good time to start up a blog or join a photo community like flickr. As I have done for all the Assignments, I’ll put together a recap with my comments.
If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them. By the way, I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word about this assignment so we can get lots of people to participate. Blog it, tweet it, email it and talk about it to your fellow photographers, bloggers, friends, family and pets. Thank you!