Portrait and Lighting - Spring of 2011
Taught by Associate Professor, Darrell Kincer, this course was an advanced version of the Photography course that was taught, with the emphasis in portraits and dynamic lighting. Different lighting techniques were used, including studio lights with soft boxes, monolights, and long-exposure photography.
Advanced Sources of Light
For this project, we used two studio lights and the combination of hard and/or soft light to achieve different lighting effects. Some of these images use directional lighting that either has direct light or a diffused light to portray the various animations of my subject, Brandon Green.
This project made use of a monolight kit in an outside setting. Since a monolight can virtually overpower sunlight, the dynamic lighting can make a late afternoon seem like dusk. Portrait of Brandon Green (that face he is making is genuine because he sat on a nail). This was the same demolished house in my Photography: Architecture image set.
This was a homage project, and I paid respect to the artist Harry Callahan. His work often focused on singular objects and the use of negative space, which is an art style that I have developed over the years. This image was taken in an alleyway near Hockensmith Fine Art Editions. This portrait was of my friend, Jacob Wilder. The next image was Callahan's art piece that inspired my photograph.
This project involved using black gels to cover a DSRL to simulate the long-exposures needed from early camera systems. We placed around five layers of dark gels on the camera lens to simulate a small aperture. Afterwards we manually held down the shutter for approximately 30 seconds to achieve the retro effect. We also had to sit in that position for the entire duration, which gave the image a soft haze. Additionally, we dressed for the occasion by borrowing costumes from the theatre department. These portraits include a classmate, our professor, and myself.
This was the final project that was used to exemplify a person's identity through portraiture. This young woman enjoys dancing freely, which I was fortunate to capture candidly. Portrait of Blakeley Cheek-Howard.