Photographing People – Week 2
The class started looking at photos received for last weeks “low-key, natural light”. Most were good, some really good and some had used on-camera flash and were failed.
Low-key is the use of side lighting to define shape and depth through shadows. Traditionally it has 2 to 3 stops of difference across the subject. We also looked at the use of reflectors to alter shadows and contrast.
- 8:1 – 3 stops – dark and moody
- 4:1 – 2 stops – softer shadows, traditional low-key
- 3:1 – 1.5 stops – general monochrome
- 2:1 – 1 stop – general colour
We then moved onto composition, the placing of shape, tone, colour and texture within an image.
We looked at:
- The rule of thirds for creating harmonious images and focal points
- Looking room
- The creation of tension within an image
- Framing and cropping a portrait
- Adding context from surroundings
- Horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines
- Secondary images
We then had a look at the work of Edward Weston and Sally Mann.
No assignment, but next week is Street Photography.