To demonstrate your development as photographer throughout the semester by shooting your first
Remember that all of your images are to be shot away from Gilmour Campus-Dorm
students excluded. I encourage you to go to a park, outdoor shopping area, playground
etc. to get more creative.
Refer to your Composing Your Image handout.
Refer to all of your previous handouts and contact sheets to help you determine how you
are going to shoot your portrait.
1. On the attached planning sheet make a list of people you would like to shoot a portrait of.
Check with each person to see who is available and make an appointment with them.
2. Next, go back to your list and write down all the characteristic you associate with the
person you will be shooting. Which characteristics are the most prominent? These are the
characteristics you are trying to express through your final portrait images.
3. Plan your photographs by filling in the rest of the chart
a. What environment would help you express the key characteristics of my subject?
(Remember, natural light is best for the type of film you are using).
b. What camera angle would help you express the key characteristic(s)?
c. What natural or man made frame would help to compose your composition?
d. Would any particular texture help you express the key characteristic(s)?
e. What aperture setting (depth of focus) would work best to express the key
f. Would any props help?
i. Remember to apply the steps of composing your image to create a
visually appealing and dynamic image. (viewpoint, focal point, rule of
thirds as a guide, foreground interest, using lines and picture format)
4. Your planning sheet will be checked next class and collected with your final prints
5. You are to use the same person for your entire roll of film but each of your (12)
compositions can have a different environment.
a. It is best to shoot people on overcast days to get better skin tone value ranges.
b. You are to shoot each composition by choosing to bracket either your
shutter speed or aperture depending on the effect you are looking to achieve
(shoot 3 frames for each composition)
c. You will have (12) compositions for your final roll of film. Each composition
choice will be included in your composition grade.
d. Be sure and use creative angles for each of your compositions.
e. Shoot your frames as close to the person as possible to communicate your desired
message (portrait), while being sure that the subject’s face remains in focus.
f. Pay close attention to the foreground, middle ground and background appearance
of each composition based on your desired outcome.
i. Unnecessary foreground, middle ground, and background information
should not be present in your final frames.
g. Rule of thumb while shooting: People/Single Subject-small/short depth of focus
(large aperture of f/2.8, f/4, etc.), keep focus on main subject.
i. Remember that the smaller the aperture (f/22, f/16 and f/11) the greater
the depth of field/focus. In other words, the larger the number, the more
of the background that will be in focus. Small number apertures (f/2.8,
f/3.5, f/4, and sometimes f/5.6) make the background either begin to fuzz
out or fuzz out completely. To create a mood, you want to control how
the foreground, middle ground and background of your image. To do so,
you want to determine the correct aperture to create that mood in your
initial “ideal exposure” frame.
ii. Remember that the larger the shutter speed number, the faster (1000,
500, 250, 125) the shutter opens and closes. If you are trying to freeze an
action you want to use the fastest shutter speed your meter allows you to.
If you want the action blurred, you want to use a shutter speed that is
around 125 or 60. Small numbers are slow shutter speeds so the shutter is
open longer and you run the risk of shutter shake if the camera is not on a
tri-pod (60, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1).
6. Record each frame on your log sheet as soon as you shoot it.
7. Shoot your entire roll of film.
8. When your roll is completely shot, rewind your film.
9. Your completed roll of film and log sheet are due the beginning of class: Tues, May 17th
You will be graded on:
10 Planning Sheet
5 Shoot Roll
10 Log Sheet (record of how you shot your roll and degree to which you followed the shooting
directions-Did you follow the rule of bracketing correctly?)
20 Exposure & Focus (correct exposure of your negatives, successful focusing of your images)
5 Contact Sheet (exposure and quality of print-numbers white/sprocket holes vaguely visible,
negatives in order, negatives facing the right direction, full sheet exposed equally)
15 Creative Use of Composition throughout your entire roll of film (Is your portrait image
visually balanced? Did you fill your format with your subject? Are the characteristics of
your subject evident in your image?)
15 ea. Composition of Final Prints (Is your print visually balanced? Did you crop out any
unnecessary information? Did you crop out any necessary information?)
15 ea. Quality of Final Prints (focus, value range/contrast, clean negative used, clean final print
made, white border around entire image)
***NOTE: (2) DIFFERENT FINAL PRINTS ARE
REQUIRED TO BE TURNED IN FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT***
YOUR FINAL PRINT AND CONTACT SHEET WILL BE COLLECTED AT THE
BEGINNING OF CLASS ON THURSDAY, JUNE 2nd ***(NO LATE WORK
Ms Lowry Name:___________________________
DUE: beginning of next class
The person I am using to shoot my portrait assignment is: _______________________________
Below is the plan I have for shooting my assignment..
Characteristic Environment Angle Frame Aperture Texture Prop(s)
Photo I Name: __________________________
Assignment: ____Roll #5 Portrait_____
Bracket either shutter speed or aperture for each composition
(each composition includes 3 frames)
Date and Time Sky/Light Condition Frame Aperture Shutter Speed