Portrait: Research

The idea behind my shoot was to create something editorial, I wanted to use post production to make something artistic. I also wanted my photographs to have a meaning behind them, a message that can be conveyed through an image. A simple Google search bought me to a variety of ideas I could imitate. Seeing a few clever ideas, I found one that really stood out and would be realistic to achieve via post production

However, I didn’t want to copy it exactly the same so I thought about how I could make it have a meaning. I took the feature of colouring the eyes, but removed the paint brush and instead chose to create a frame with the subject’s hands.
I wanted to convey the meaning along the lines of “creativity is in the eyes of the beholder” and the importance of our vision. How we see the world through our own eyes and the colours and details we can appreciate. The fingers creating a box represents the window we see through or can be interpreted as a reference to photography, creating the frame of an image.

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Portrait: Process

1. I import all the images from my SD card to Adobe Lightroom. Then export them all from Lightroom to a folder I call “Mastercopy”, converting them to JPEG’s. Import LR


2. I go through all the images and star the best ones, removing the unchosen images from the contact sheet. This reduces time spent editing photos that I’m not going to use. In this case I narrowed it down to about 12 pictures.


3. Still using Lightroom I crop all of my chosen images down, giving me the size and composition I think works best.  Crop LR

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Portrait: Gallery

Name of Subject: Emma Matthews
Type of Portrait: Editorial/Close
Equipment: Sony a5000, Sony E-Mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens, Hama Star 61 Tripod
Post Production: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop
Variables: Focus on the eye, composition, lighting
Inspiration: Robert Mapplethorpe, Brian Ingram


 

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ISO 1600 | f/4.0 | 1/80 sec | 21mm

This is my favourite of the 3 images. The composition works really well, with the 2 hands symmetrically framed and the box around the eyes situated in the middle of the photograph. The subjects eyes are also the central focus of the image and are very prominent, looking straight down the lens. Accompanied by the colour surrounding her eyes, makes it a key feature, making the image pop.


 

portrait3

ISO 1600 | f/4.0 | 1/80 sec | 27mm

Using the rule of thirds I composed this picture so the subject is situated on the left line. Similar to the first photo, the eyes are the key point of the image. However there is a different vibe as the subject has a different expression, the photo has a warmer more happy feeling to it. Although its not a pivotal focal point to the image you can see the subjects smile.


 

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ISO 2000 | f/4.5 | 1/80 sec | 27mm

This is the self portrait I was assigned to do. Following the same style, I set my camera up with the correct settings and set it on a timer in order to capture it. My Sony a5000 is fitted with an adjustable screen which can be flipped up to face me so I could get the composition correct. Similar to the first image, I like the composition, with the eyes situated in the centre of the photograph. Making the key focus.