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SECTION 10 - PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY 

SUMMARY

Photography is a field that has gone through significant changes over the years in regard to technology and accessibility to the public. Just about everyone can buy a digital camera and call themselves a "photographer". Because of these advancements, there is a staggering amount of competition for professionals to deal with. So what does it mean to be a Professional Photographer?

For this project, you will learn the basics of composition, lighting, and manual photography using the "Exposure Triangle". This is the basis of controlling a camera's Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO. Students will work together to take portraits of each other, make Contact Sheets, and take Portrait photos.

PART ONE - TRIPTYCH PORTRAIT

PART ONE - Contact Sheet & Tryptic Portrait

You will be randomly matched to another student in class to use as your model for your Trypitic Portrait. You are encouraged to take a variety of poses, but you will need at least 3 for your Tryptic portrait: Head - Mid Section - Feet. IMPORTANT: You are handing in the pictures YOU TOOK OF THE OTHER PERSON. If you like the pictures you had taken by your partner, ask for them. You can use them on your website.

  • How will you capture the personality of the model?

  • What questions will you ask them?

  • Poses and Lighting - How will you match your lighting to your subject?

  • What do you want them to wear? Sweater, what colors, jewelry, and accessories?

INSTRUCTIONS

CONTACT SHEET

  1. Set up a new folder on the computer. The folder will contain your images and the final piece

  2. Submit a "Contact sheet" with your 9 favorite pictures of your partner for their Triptych and upload it to Schoology

  3. Create a new document that measures 8.5"X11" @150DPI

TRIPTYCH PORTRAIT

  1. 1 -11X17 @ 150DPI "Tryptic portrait" of your model. It needs to be formatted Vertically. 

  2. It can be in Black & White OR in Color

  3. Use your 3 favorite pics 

  4. Upload your images to Schoology and the Photography section on your website.

Contact Sheet1
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CONTACT SHEET TUTORIAL

PART TWO - HIGH & LOW KEY PORTRAITS

PART TWO - High & Low Key Model Portrait Images

You will be paired up with another partner to take high and low-key images. IMPORTANT: You are handing in the pictures YOU TOOK OF THE OTHER PERSON. If you like the pictures you had taken by your partner, ask for them. You can use them on your website. You are responsible to submit Contact Sheets for each style of Photography. 1 for High key and 1 for Low Key. Using your best images from each style you will create a collage of each.

What is High and Low Key Imagery? High Key and Low Key photography make use of lighting and contrast (or lack thereof) to create a specific mood. Originally high key photography emerged as a solution for screens that could not correctly display high contrast ratios. Today capturing high key photos, like low key photos, is a stylistic choice in photography.

 

Here are some points to consider:​

  • What are the themes of your high key and low key images?

  • What accessories will you need? (hair, makeup, clothing, props related to the idea)​

  • Poses and Lighting

  • Work with your model to get their feedback on what they would like to accomplish also

  • Is there an emotion or feeling you are trying to represent?

  • You will need to crop and edit your images in Photoshop to make them look their best

STEP 1:

  1. DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRSTSearch the internet for high and low-key image poses that you can use as a template to create your photos in the studio

  2. Create a folder and place your high and low-key selections in them

  3. The instructor will come around to look at your images before your shoot.

STEP 2:

  1. Contact sheet of 9 High Key images w/different poses

  2. Contact sheet of 9 Low Key images w/different poses

    1. Your contact sheets are to be 8.5"X11" @150dpi

  3. You will need 1 High Key layout collage of your best poses

  4. You will need 1 Low Key layout collage of your best poses

  5. You must have a minimum of 5 images for each.

  6. The final size of your High/Low portraits is 11"X17" @ 150dpi (see image on right).

    1. Be sure to adjust the images (color, brightness, crop, clean-up)

  7. You will create your own layouts using Photoshop like the examples on the right. Vertical or Horizontal layout. 

  8. Your final pieces can be in either Color or Black and White

  9. Upload your Contact Sheets and Finished High/Low Key Collages to Schoology and your Photography page area.

HIGH & LOWCONTACT SHEET EXAMPLES

contact high sheet
contact low sheet

HIGH/LOW KEY IMAGE EXAMPLES

high example 1
low example
Low example 2
high example 2

HIGH/LOW KEY COLLAGE EXAMPLES

High Collage
low collage

PART THREE - High/Low Key Video Presentation

For this project, you will create a 60-second video with music using Adobe Premiere Rush of your Low & High Key images.

SPECIFICATIONS

  1. 60 Seconds in length (minimum) that must be done in either iMovie, Premiere Pro, or Rush.

  2. USE YOUR HIGH AND LOW-KEY COLLAGE IMAGES FOR THIS VIDEO

  3. You can do the video with the pictures in any order you want (ex: all high then all low pics in order or a mix of both)

  4. Have a Title with the name of the project and an Ending slide. 

  5. The video needs transitions from one picture to the next.

  6. Create a Music track for your video that matches the theme of your images (happy, sad, angry, etc.)

  7. Make your own music using samples from Garageband

  8. Upload your completed video to Schoology and add it to your website.

FINAL HIGH/LOW KEY VIDEO EXAMPLE

PART FOUR - MAGAZINE COVER

PART FOUR - Magazine Cover

For the last part of this project, take one of your High or Low Key images taken of YOU and create a magazine cover with it. Base it on a hobby or profession you would like to go in. make sure the image matches the theme of the images you took.

SPECIFICATIONS

Pick one High Key OR one Low Key image and put it on a magazine cover of your choosing.

  1. It could relate to your career path or pick something based on a hobby

    1. ESPN or Sports Illustrated​

    2. Source or Rolling Stone

    3. Video Game or Hobby magazines

    4. Food or Travel

  • Your Magazine cover will be 8.5"X11" @150dpi

  • Upload your project to Schoology and your Photography page area.

TUTORIALS

CREATE A
CONTACT SHEET
IN PHOTOSHOP

WHAT IS HIGH AND LOW KEY LIGHTING?

WORKING WITH AND POSING MODELS

TRIPTYCH PORTRAIT - EXAMPLE GALLERY

PART THREE - HIGH & LOW KEY VIDEO

FINISHED STUDENT EXAMPLES

RESOURCES
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INTRO TO

PHOTO

SLIDESHOW

 

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HIGH/LOW

KEY PHOTO 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

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PHOTO

VOCABULARY

 

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PHOTO BASICS

CHEAT SHEET

 

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POSING

GUIDE

 

Student Goal:

Basic photography skills are so important in today’s digital design world. Whether it's a photo for a website or a product shot for an advertisement. Photography is a must-have skill in today's design world. Students will be introduced to the concepts of SLR camera operations and the use of composition and lighting in Photography. 

Student Objective:

After completion of the lecture and the class exercises, the students will understand the different types of lighting setups for portraiture as well as how to work with and pose models. Adobe Photoshop will also be used to create Contact Sheets for image viewing and selection and have the ability to crop, color correct, and retouch their images to a high level of quality.