Old Dog, New Tricks. March 7, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Love and Death.
Tags: naked photos, not really, portraiture, topless photos, troll bait
That would be me, trying to figure out how to do portraiture.
I’ve been wanting to photograph people for a while, but finding it hard to get started. First off, it’s awkward asking. I just imagine someone being embarrassed that I asked, or suspicious of my motives (which could get me called a Perv in public, or maybe punched in the face.)
And besides, my desire is to do very personal artsy-fartsy photographs, which have the potential to be either brutally honest or fawningly flattering, both of which have relationship altering potential, and so ought to be undertaken only advisedly.
And since I don’t really have experience with photographing bodies, there’s a significant learning curve revolving around lenses, lighting and location (your place or mine?)
Yeah, it’s complicated. I don’t want to take pictures of anyone who’s going to hate me for it in the morning.
Which pretty much leaves me. I mean, I can’t run away, I know what I want and I’m invested enough in the outcome to be patient with myself. And I’m not into self-loathing (self-doubt, yes, self-loathing, no,) so I’ll probably forgive myself tomorrow.
Probably. This time I kept my pants on. In the future I might have to get serious.
I know, I know, enough disclaimers – put up or shut up!
So here we go:
I haven’t yet figured out how to size and position multiple photos in a line on the blog page; if you know how to do that, feel free to clue me.
These shots are studies in perspective (via Elliot) and lighting. I got pretty much what I wanted for perspectives, this being my first attempt at such; lighting proved to be more problematic, and will take more work (and equipment; I’ve only got a couple of flashlights and a drop light or two.)
Anyway, it’s a start. A couple of hours work to get half a dozen shots worth working with. Not keepers, mind you, but working material.
If I can get my system down and reign the time in, I’ll have to suck it up and ask people to sit (or whatever) for me.