Through the course of a week and a half each day’s photo shoot had a different intention and feel. As we familiarized ourselves with the camera and lighting, a trend began to emerge. Out of our vast collection of photographs, we ultimately chose images that we felt contained various emotional and dramatic visual components.
In choosing our final image selection it became apparent that beyond the inherent importance of lighting in a photo shoot, our usage of served to enhance the manner in which we had served to highlight and enhance the mood/emotions expressed.
The prevalence of dramatic element in our pictures manifested itself through the camera angle, lighting, and positioning and posing of the subject. Our props being primarily costumes or textile based in nature, texture and colour played a significant role in determining our placement and emphasis of subject. Drama doesn’t necessarily mean high contrast, can also be resulting from evoking a strong response in the viewer. The impression of being a dramatic situation.
Over the top gesture/body language/facial expressions/costume
Close up focus on the subject
Manipulate lighting to emphasize texture
We focused on spotlighting shadow, gradation of light
Posing, colour (pops of)
Element of drama
Dramatic lighting, camera angles
Some properties of traditional style portraiture
Hard to resist tending towards some properties of traditional styles of portraiture because of the “covergirl” lighting makes your face look so good.
Collaborated using a variety of props