Project 31: Soft-Light High Key Background Portrait

With this project you are going to produce an expressive portrait with soft light and no shadows on the face.

Assignment: For this assignment you will partner up in-class with someone who will be your model. Talk to your model and arrange  time to do a series of head-and-shoulder photographs in which the subject is in OPEN SHADE or the light source is BEHIND THE SUBJECT. You will turn in FIVE (5) pictures for this assignment.

Hints: In bright sunlight, have your subject face away from the sun. This, the face will be in open shadow. Use the Av SETTING (Aperture Value) at f/4. ISO and SHUTTER SPEED will be chosen for you. Get in close; zoom with your feet.

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Samples:

Av: f/4; Tv: AUTO ; ISO:AUTO
If you make sure that the sun is BEHIND the subject and put the GREEN SQUARE (focus point) on the subject's face, the light will be much softer even though you are in the HARSH sunlight.

Don't forget to alter POSES. The best way to have someone pose is to show them what you want. Demonstrate it exactly. You might be embarrassed, but it doesn't matter WHEN YOU GET THE SHOT!

Av: f/4; Tv: AUTO ; ISO:AUTO
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Here is something to try: Making hard light like the south-facing sun we have outside our classroom soft can be a challenge. How would you let some light through, but not all of it? You need to block SOME of the light.

Av: f/4; Tv: AUTO ; ISO:AUTO

If you place a TRANSLUCENT scrim in the right place you can make the light softer. This can be tricky because the DIFFUSION layer needs to be big enough to cover the subject's face. Think of other materials that can provide DIFFUSION. Try them.