Just because I’ve been working to increase my creativity in portrait composition at this workshop with David Beckstead doesn’t mean that I would ignore my instincts. I couldn’t help but take some classic portraits and capture a few moments of genuine emotion. I think it’s important to find a balance between the photojournalism, the traditional portraits, and the creative portraits. After all, even if you like the creative stuff better, it’s still good to have a nice picture that you can give to your grandmother.
We returned to Tanumshede where we refueled with pizza for dinner before finishing off the workshop at the town hall. Here we played with simple artificial light sources in and otherwise dark room. In the first pictures, a video light provided a great directional light.
A simple flashlight turned our male subject into someone so dramatically creepy he could have escaped from a vampire movie.
For our female subject, the flashlight was shown through different objects such as an oven grate, a bottle of water and a crystal bowl. I’m not sure how I feel about the harsh shadow behind her in these shots, but it was an interesting idea. I’m looking forward to taking the concepts from this workshop and trying them out to see how they fit with my reality.