MA Assignment 5 ‘Formal Portraits’ – ‘Johnny Twenty-Four’ | ‘On Reflection…’

MA Assignment 5 ‘Formal Portraits’ – ‘Johnny Twenty-Four’

Posted on February 17, 2011 by stevemepstedblog

The Brief: Make portraits of 3 different individual people. Produce close ups, middle distance and full length portraits from each sitting. You are in absolute control of all elements. As with the preceding ‘environmental’ assignment, we are defining portraits as being photographs of individual people in which the photographer plays the role of active director. The emphasis is on you to conceive your shoot carefully, plan every element and try to come away with a series of pictures that are true to your artistic objective.

MA Assignment 5 ‘Formal Portraits’ – ‘Johnny Twenty-Four’

The Brief: Make portraits of 3 different individual people. Produce close ups, middle distance and full length portraits from each sitting.  You are in absolute control of all elements. As with the preceding ‘environmental’ assignment, we are defining portraits as being photographs of individual people in which the photographer plays the role of active director.  The emphasis is on you to conceive your shoot carefully, plan every element and try to come away with a series of pictures that are true to your artistic objective.
Think about the setting you want to use. We are not interested in the environment surrounding your subject per se but it will pay dividends if you give yourself reconnaissance time in advance of the shoot in order to identify any possible places that you feel would provide strong backdrops or compositional elements to your session.  Sometimes a painted wall, rusty corrugated fence or pair of velvet curtains, for example, will provide you with backdrops that can enhance your portrait.

Think about the setting you want to use. We are not interested in the environment surrounding your subject per se but it will pay dividends if you give yourself reconnaissance time in advance of the shoot in order to identify any possible places that you feel would provide strong backdrops or compositional elements to your session. Sometimes a painted wall, rusty corrugated fence or pair of velvet curtains, for example, will provide you with backdrops that can enhance your portrait.

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