When working with a model, you are in charge of the look, the feel, and the pose. It is no different for a self portrait.
You'll want to plan out what you are wearing and how to style yourself. Will you be applying make up? Styling your hair?
You'll also want to figure out what type of self portrait you are going for. A professional head shot? A humorous shot? An insight to your personality? How will you portray you in your self portrait?
How will you pose yourself? What angles look best for you, and how will you work your body to send the message you want to send?
Make sure all of the decisions you make are working towards you being successful in portraying yourself the way you want to, and make sure that all the decisions are helping you achieve the perception you want to achieve so that the same message is being sent to a majority of your viewers.
Yesterday we studied a few of our inspirational images for camera technical knowledge.
Today, we are going to relook at a few of our inspirational images from an aesthetic point of view.
Be careful how you answer the questions. Think really hard about all of the possible answers to your questions, and what the photographer's answers would be if they were answering the questions about their own image.
For example, when I was studying this photograph, one thing I thought of was, "Why even include the person way in the distance?" Then I realized, the size of the person in the distance shows the viewer the magnitude of the size of the hallway and the distance between the end of the hallway and the photographer. The person provides information to the viewer that would otherwise be missing.
In my opinion, if this image were monotone, Lee may have had to edit the image a lot to create more contrast and stronger lines, as the affect this photograph has in color would be lost when switched to monotone, as all the colors are what pull you into the image.
The center of the tunnel is in the center of the photograph, but what if it were off on the edges, or in the corners? Are the buildings in the background helping the image or distracting from it? In my opinion, the buildings help it, as it gives more information to the image.
There are several characteristics of images to think about when you are examining them, especially your own. You want to make sure your images are communicating your message clearly to others. Look at your image as if you didn't take it. Is it saying what you want it to say? Is it portraying your subject the way you want it portrayed?
Ask yourself the questions above when looking at your images too. It would be even more helpful if you ask yourself the questions when you are setting up your photograph, as it will help your creative process before you're at the editing stage.
Botany is a wonderful subject because you get to show off nature's beautiful pieces of art.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein
A flower can be portrayed from many different angles. Choose your angle based on the flower's characteristics, personality, and beauty.
Make a flower stand out from the crowd, it's beauty too strong to be a part of the background. It's delicacy too irresistible to not focus on. Make the flower regal, prominent, an object of grace.
Show off the flower's assets. The strong, bold stigma. The fanned petals reach out towards you.
"The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions." - Chanakya
Be the flower. Stick your camera down to the dirt and take a photograph from the bottom up. Gorgeous, huh?
"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul." - Luther Burbank
A lot of the times, we focus on the face of the flower. What about the back of it? Vanderlaan discovered a little fly hanging out on the back of this Southern Belle.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them. - Henri Matisse
February 21: #Perspective
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