1) In the portrait below of my friend Samantha, I experimented with filling the frame and eye contact. It was taken on a cloudy afternoon, and a few peers were holding both silver and golden reflectors towards her face, which gave the photo a slight warm tone. While shooting, I suggested types of emotions to her so that she could manifest those emotions, and they could come through in the photograph. After manually focusing on her features, I took the photograph and was pleased by the fierce-looking result.
2) The portrait below depicts a candid photograph of my friend, Daniel. During class, we were grouping up to practice the techniques used for portraits. Daniel was not in my group; however, I heard him and his group laughing as Daniel struck a pose on the group, and I decided that it was a good candid moment to capture. In all honesty, the photo was taken rather abruptly, and I didn’t have much time to consider the composition, but I love how the photograph turned out because of the great expression on Daniel’s face and the backstory behind the photo.
3) This portrait portrays the technique of getting a subject out of their comfort zone. Although my brother, the subject in the photograph’s, thoughts cannot be identified by a quick glance, this photograph truly took him out of his comfort zone. One of his greatest fears is heights, and despite my knowledge of this, I asked him to sit on the edge of the balcony on the third floor of our house. I took the photograph outside of our house, and this change of perspective is makes the portrait visually interesting.
4) The photograph below shows framing and was originally taken for my “Humans of ISB” assignment. While I was walking around the school during class, I spotted a PreK 4 class running around in the ES playground. After looking around for interesting subjects, I found the girl in the photograph below. Most of the children there were running away from me, yelling at me, or simply ignoring my presence, but she was the only one who seemed intrigued by my camera. At first, I was planning to have the window frame her face, as she was standing inside the house; however, to my surprise, as soon as I set up my position, she started crawling outside of the window. The framing in this portrait is effective because the bright pop of red from the windowsill brings attention to the subject, by contrast with the dull neutral colours of the house.
5) This portrait shows the technique of perspective. This photograph was taken during the kindergarten class photo session. To capture this photograph, I had to stand above the kindergarten girl and her toys. The room was badly lit, so I had to simultaneously correct the exposure of the photograph by adjusting the ISO and aperture while attempting to keep my shadow and figure out of the photograph.
6) In the portrait below of my mother, I experimented with light and shadows. I had just gotten home from school on a Wednesday, and the sun was still shining at its golden hour. In my bedroom, I found that a streak of sunlight was peeking through my curtains, so I positioned my mother in a way that would show the contrast of the shadows that were spread across her face. The light was very warm and quite harsh, which helped emphasise the contrast of tones in the photograph.
7) The candid portrait below of my brother, Bono, exemplifies the technique of lighting. As the photograph was taken at night, there weren’t many external sources of light in my brother’s bedroom, except from the blue-ish light from my brother’s phone. The lack of external light sources impacted the photo both positivally and negativally. The light from my brother’s phone that was shone onto his face provided a strong element of contrast and emphasis. However, the negative of the lack of light was that I had to adjust the ISO on my camera to a high setting, which made the resulting photograph rather grainy.
8) This photograph utilises the portrait technique of prop introduction. This photo was taken during an early afternoon on a clear day, so the light was quite warm and soft. I used manual focus as well as adjusted aperature to a low setting to achieve a shallow depth of field and a blurred background. I found a lipstick that my mum often used and asked her to hold it near her mouth so that I could capture a specific part of her face. I took several photographs while my mum was talked, and I ended up with a moment where her lips seemed puckered– which was quite fitting in the context of the photo.
9) This portrait exemplifies the technique of eye contact. This photo is, once again, a portrait of my friend Samantha, that was taken during a photo session in Digital Imagery. While shooting, I asked her to embody the traditional sense of the word “feminity”, and suggested her to make curvy, flowy shapes with her body. As she was a great model, she posed in multiple positions, the one depicted below being an s-shape. Every once in a while, I would ask her to stare directly into the camera, which resulted in the capture of the alluring gaze in the photo.
10) This photograph focuses on one body part of two subjects. The two models in this photo are my friends Kenny and Samantha. I was experimenting with gel lights with my peers, and we were all simply taking facial portraits of each other. Although the portraits came out nicely, they were all very similar and lacked a sense of fascination. Thinking of this technique, I asked my peers to stand opposite one another and act as if they were in a theatrical drama. The ending photograph is particularly intriguing as it leaves a lot to the imagination of the viewer and makes viewers wonder what the story and people behind the photograph is.