Studio Lighting Portraits

Split lighting

Short, no fill

Short, reflector



Environmental portraits

Before you look at my pictures, I just wanted to mention that I've discovered a problem with my camera's settings. No matter what ISO I set it at, the picture is always taken at ISO 1600 when I shoot on manual. I thought in the case of my self portrait I had forgot to adjust my settings, but then it continued to happen. So sorry for the ridiculous amount of grain in my portraits, and I'm hoping I'll be able to fix this problem asap!

I took my self-portrait in my bedroom, where I spend most of my time on my laptop, or drawing/painting. I'm the most comfortable in the space that I've decorated and arranged myself. I talked to you about trying this idea of peaking from behind my laptop, and I like the way it turned out (except for the grain).

I love flowers and flower shops, so I decided to go to the one in the Alexis Neon mall and ask to photograph one of the women working there. This one woman cooperated fully, and even suggested ways she could pose. She seemed happy to let me take a picture of her, and this was refreshing after being rejected by many random working strangers I asked. I like the many colors in the picture, and the nice smile she has.

This is a totally unplanned shot I took of my best friend waking up. I thought it was quite lovely even though most people look terrible in the morning. I like the grungy lifestyle that the image portrays, because of the graffiti on the wall and the raggedy Bob Dylan portrait I made for her. She has just moved into this apartment. I included it just for fun because I think it defers from the typical looking environmental portrait.


Portrait entry

This is a portrait of very talented actress/musician Zooey Deschanel. The colour of her dress is a nice soft shade and does not distract from her face, instead it accentuates her dark hair. Her hands, which could have easily looked tense, look totally relaxed. Having her full arm in the frame leads our us up to her eyes.