Expressive Portraits

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What is an Expressive Portrait?

more than just a picture of a person express the essence of a persons nature reveal the characteristics that would go unnoticed in an ordinary snapshot capture the subjects personalityExpressive Portraits

Think about your subjects and choose elements and tips from the following pages to help you create and capture expressive portraits of them. Expressive Portraits

TEXTUREIf texture is a part of your subject, make it stand out and make it obvious.

Match up the textures between your subject and your background.

OVEREXPOSEBlowing out the highlights creates a soft portrait with a light airy feeling. Smaller details and defects are blown away too, making image look smoother.

UNDEREXPOSEA dominantly dark or low-key image will naturally draw your eyes to the lighter parts.

These tend to have a grittier and harder look to them than the high-key images.

BACK-LIGHTHair lights up beautifully when its back-lit, so if you want to emphasize hair place your subject between you and a light source.

POSINGConsider a crazy pose and position even if it looks uncomfortable, it could make an interesting photo.

Also consider your own position shoot from different angles to achieve different impacts.

(UN)FOCUSOut-of-focus subjects can be more interesting than the in-focus subjects. It adds mystery to the image because you cant quite make out who that person is.

MOVEMENTUse movement to show action, even if it blurs out the subject entirely. Think of the person as a way of creating the subject rather than being the subject.

SHADOWSMake the shadow an important part of the image.

Sometimes the shadow can be even more prominent than the actual subject casting the shadow.

REFLECTIONSMake use of different surfaces to add an extra dimension windows, mirrors, and water are all very good reflective surfaces that give a different result and texture.

CAPTURE THE MOMENTCatch somebody doing something they love, even if its not staged.

Street photography is a terrific genre because it captures life as it happens unstaged and unposed.

COLORSUse vibrant and contrasting colors to draw attention to parts of your subject makeup, clothing, accessories, etc.

GET SERIOUSNot all portraits need to have a smile, capture the serious emotions too. Some strong portraits are highly emotional.

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PROPSUse the props and tools around you to make the setting more interesting.

Find things to place your subject in, on, under, around, etc.

GET CLOSETheres no rule against cropping out most of the subjects face.

This draws more attention to the parts that are left in the frame.

Assignment: 40 Image Contact Sheet + 2 Best At least 2 subjects (one of them can be you), no more than 5! Be able to reference at least 5 of the styles/tips discussed in this presentation

DUE:Monday, March 14th