For my portraits, I wanted to focus on the people and what they’re doing, and not so much the background. For the self-portrait, I really like the idea of using mirrors and shadows, and how what reflects can tell a story. For environmental, I want to capture the subjects doing something that they enjoy. For the simple portraits, I want to focus on people’s facial expressions and keep a plain-colored background, while the colors of their clothes would match their facial expressions. For creative, I want to tell a story by taking pictures of modern American girls with the backdrop of their parents’ cultures and show the divide and sometimes the conflict between those two identities.
I printed my photos in the Bronco Copy and Mail, Powell Camera Shop, Target, Walgreens and Walmart (from top to bottom respectively). The best quality photo for me turned out to be the one printed at Walgreens. The Walgreens photo is clear, in focus, and the paper is thicker. The best match in terms of color and lighting is the one printed at Powell’s Camera Shop. The saturation and lighting is close to accurate. However, because of cost, I won’t be printing at that shop. I plan on printing at Walgreens, and because of that I will really have to make edits on the photo (like making it much darker) so what prints out matches the one I have in mind. I might also print in Costco.
For this project, I chose beach-themed items for my traditional still life, Martinelli’s apple cider drink for my product photography, and spaghetti for the food photography. As I started planning for this, I found myself focusing a lot on what I want the lighting to be and what feeling I want each photo to convey to the viewer. For the beach themed items, I wanted to give the feeling of a relaxing summer day, so soft lighting will be used. The seashells will fade off from the frame and the sunglasses, book and cold drink will give that idea of sitting by the beach just enjoying the breeze. For the product, I plan on having it poured into a clear glass, while apples will be littered across the frame, on a mat on the grass. The background will be nature, to give the idea of being outside having a picnic. For the spaghetti, my plan is to take a topdown photo, with a plate of spaghetti on one side of the frame, and some of the ingredients, like the noodles and tomatoes, to be on the opposite side. I’ll use warm lighting, again to invite the feeling that this is meal to be eaten in a friendly and warm environment.