Muzah 2019-Portrait II

For the first time ever, I actually considered skipping this week’s class meeting. That is how uncomfortable I felt with the results of my efforts on our assignments. We’re still on the subject of portraits and it looks like this will be our year-long project ahead of the  adult education exhibit at the end of the year at the museum, especially since portraiture is the focus of the museum’s exhibits this year.

Our current class assignment was a portrait of someone else in two different lighting situations (natural and artificial), a self-portrait first on a solid background and then showing our surroundings, and, lastly, a group portrait, posed and unposed. Let me start from the end. No opportunity to photograph a group other than at our family’s get-together graveside at the anniversary of my father-in-law’s passing. Was not going to happen. Self-portrait? So not me. Which left portrait.

Thanks to another student’s initiative to photograph at the newly opened, local cultural center, I ended up with one photo of her, which in my opinion was underexposed.


Rather than bring my “successful” photos to our class, I brought those I felt were problematic in order to get feedback. Not happy with the lighting in the original photo on the left, I opened it in AfterShot and brought up the lighting overall. Regardless, the class felt the original was good, but suggested that the “model” (who was sitting just across from me in class) needed to be directed to move her head to the right a bit so the light source also fell on the right side of her face.

Our other assignment was from our field trip to the Jaffa Flea Market. Portraits again  and also a series. Here, too, I hoped to get some feedback on how I could have avoided the image below from being blurry. One of my serious faults when photographing in situations where the subject is dynamic is being hurried. There were several times in the flea market when I saw something I wanted to photograph, looked at my camera to adjust settings and missed the shot. The general comments were getting more familiar with my camera (admittedly still a sore spot) and setting the camera on aperture priority.

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For my series, I went with glasses.

The overall response to the series was positive, especially to the hanging glasses with unavoidable selfie, but the class felt the two images of glasses in bins were too similar. Agreed!

All in all the feedback the class and teacher gave was very helpful. It turned out that other students were having many of the same issues as I did and that also taught me a valuable lesson!