You will be taking a lot of portraits for this assignment. The idea is to learn through practicing. The more pictures you take, the more you will start to feel confident creating portraits, choosing backgrounds, using light, using props, directing models, and choosing the best camera settings.
The idea isn't to take a perfect shot for each assigned skill. Instead, take the shots with the knowledge that you will get better and better with each shutter release.
Put your research to work at this stage. Apply the hints and tips that you read about. Experiment, be creative, and have fun.
You must hand-in one of each of the following shots per group of two. Use backgrounds and props at your discretion. You may only use available (non-electric) light.
Most portraits will be head and shoulders. The background should generally be pleasantly blurry. Make sure to choose attractive backgrounds (mostly nature). Each image you hand in should be unique. Go for a variety of models, outfits, and poses.
1. Fully facing the camera - evenly lit
2. Facing camera with shadows on one side of the face
3. 7/8 View (eyes to camera)
4. 2/3 View (eyes to camera)
5. Looking away from the camera
6. Profile (one side of face)
7. Full-length portrait, posed outdoors
8. Silhouette, posed outdoors - pure black subject
9. Posed couple - looking professional (look at samples)
10. Posed group (3 or more) - look at samples first!
Marks will be assigned as follows:
Internet Research - 50 marks
Completion of 10 framed portraits, demonstrating the required skills, with a reasonable effort at creativity - 100 marks