ASSIGNMENT: WINDOW PORTRAIT  
 

 
 OBJECTIVES:     
  To create a portrait illuminated with window light.  
 PROCEDURES:     
 

Some of the best portraits are made with natural light.One way to learn to work with it is to create a portrait where your subject in inside next to a window. Position your subject so the light falls on his or her face in a pleasing way. One of the most common portrait lighting styles is called "Rembrandt lighting". The light illuminates the side of the face closest to the window, as well as the area on the opposite side just around the eye and the top of the cheek. Experiment with moving your subject until you have achieved a look you like.Do a variety of shots with a variety of people. Experiment with exposure, expressions, and poses.

These can be black and white or color.

Some tips:

The eye closest to the camera needs to be in focus.

Don't be afraid to direct your subject . Say things like" turn your nose a little more toward the light", or "a little away from the light". Don't stop directing until the light hits their face just right.

Don't have too much of the white of their eye showing. They don't have to be look in at the camera or out the window. Direct their eye movement until it is looking straight out of their face. The above sample has almost too much white showing.

The subject needs to be a person.

This isn't an outside portrait, it is a window light portrait. Your subject needs to be inside. At least one of the two finished files need to have Rembrandt lighting.

 
 TURN IN:    
  2- 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 native resolution jpg files. Name them, port1.psd, port2.psd. Place them in a folder named "window portrait".  
 EVALUATION:    
 

Your assignment will be graded using these criteria:

From Mr. P's Photo Rubric

Vision:
Is you image original, innovative and daring, or just another example of the same old thing? Does it fulfill the requirements for the assignment (see assignment requirements above) ?

Aesthetics:
Have you used the appropriate elements and principles of design that would enhance your photograph or did you just shoot what was in front of the camera? Have you used good composition or did you just place the center of interest in the center because it was easy?

Mechanics:
Camera Techniques: Is the image sharp/in focus? Is the exposure correct? Was the appropriate aperture/shutter speed used (if applicable for your camera), did you find the best angle?

Computer Techniques: Is the image sharp/in focus? Is it resized correctly? Is it color corrected and sharpened?

Presentation: Is the artwork presented in a professional manner as outlined in the assignment?

Good luck