Look at the work of Gregory Crewdson and Zeke Berman and think about the way in which they use lighting to evoke particular feelings within the viewer:
This site is a little convoluted—you have to click into each exhibition and then on the left you can click “View Images”. Make sure you check out the exhibitions, Twilight,Gregory Crewdson & Gregory Crewdson: Beneath the Roses.
Set up your camera and photograph yourself at least three times without moving your camera. Use only changes in lighting to evoke three distinct moods, for example tranquility, danger, mystery, joy, etc. Remember to fill the whole frame– think about the rule of thirds, focal point, and a balance of negative/positive spaces.
Be creative with your various light sources: a flashlight, a desk lamp, living room lamp, candles, christmas lights, sunlight, etc. as well as strobes, flash or “Professional” lighting.
Even though the end result of your work will be three images, you will probably shoot around 60 – 100 images (20 – 30 of each scene if not more). Don’t compromise your final piece by not exercising patience and getting enough pictures!
If possible, shoot in RAW.
Document the way that you set-up your lighting scenarios. These “behind the scenes” images are great learning tools and fun to see!
Upload your images to e-portfolio Project 6 under a child page called Raws. Create the contact sheets with the images you shot for this assignment. Do not edit out your mistakes, crop, or adjust any of the images.
Take more pictures if needed and create a second page called Edits with your three strongest images (each one of these images should have a different lighting set-up) and write down the significant metadata (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture) next to each image.
Edit your final three photographs in Photoshop and prepare the images to print in 8′ x 10′ mate paper. Use CVS, Walgreens, Target or any other printing service.
This project is worth 6 points
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