Discuss these two images in pairs. What do you think about the:
Pose... Facial expression... Lighting... Background... Composition?
How to take an effective portrait photograph in the style of David Bailey.
Tips for success:
- Similar composition
- High contrast
- white background
- Bold facial expression
Underneath your last photoshoot, add a title 'David Bailey inspired photoshoot'
Next, open the best photo on photoshop and edit in the style of David Bailey.
- Crop it
- Desaturate your colours (make it black and white)
- Enhance brightness and contrast
- Enhance lighting and shadows (eg. curves)
Save your edited photo as a JPEG then upload to a single image element under your gallery so your photo is large to show off your skills.
You should have just one really effective photo as the outcome for this task.
Write a short paragraph to review your photo shoot and edited photos. Put this underneath your large edited photos. Discuss the following:
- what did you do during the photo shoot? How did you take your photos, what lighting did you use and why? Did you create a mood/atmosphere through the facial expression/pose? How?
- What are the strengths of your edited photos and why?
To take photos in the style of David Bailey I...
To enhance them, when editing I...
Something that works well about my edit is...
- Going for gold: How could you develop this style of portrait photography in your own way? What could you do differently in either the photo shoot or the editing? To develop, you would take an aspect of the original style then make changes in an individual and creative way.
- Going for gold 2: carry out whatever you just said you could do above to develop the style independently. This would need to be done when everything else is finished OR as a homework. It might involve a new photo shoot, it might just be a different edit.
Recap - what do you know about Melinda Gibson's photography?
You will create 2 edits for this artist - both using a very different technique. Using your own photographs, complete the following tasks:
Task 1: Photoshop
Open a portrait - preferably one without a complicated background
Open a landscape/scene to layer it with (both photos need to be the same way round - either portrait or landscape)
Copy the portrait and paste it over the top of the scene.
Use the eraser/select tool to cut out the figure to reveal the picture below. Do this with care.
Upload to your website.
Task 2: Collage by hand
Print out a portrait and a landscape in colour. You'll need to change the printer to AVA MFD TECH and change the printer properties so they come out in colour.
cut out the figure using a craft knife and board/scissors.
Layer the two images and glue together.
Scan and upload the image to your website.
Having researched the 5 photographers, your challenge for today's lesson is to experiment with any/all of their styles on photoshop... with no instructions!
Use your prior knowledge of photoshop techniques and tools, to see if you can create a photo in the style of one or more of the following:
- easiest: David Bailey
- Jason Faucheur
- Melinda Gibson
- Rob Mullholland
- hardest: Antonio Mora
Use your homework photos... or old photos if you don't have them.
You have one lesson to experiment - see what you can do!
What did you achieve this lesson?
What worked/what didn't?
How did you find working independently with limited guidance?
What did you learn?
Read through the project overview below:
This is the first of 2 projects for your coursework.
Your coursework is 60% of your grade.
Your first project is The Human Figure. Change the title of 'Component One' Page to 'Component One: The Human Figure'. All work will be saved here for this project.
Between now and half term, you will research and try out the styles of 5 new photographers, learning some new techniques along the way, before choosing TWO to focus on for your project.
You will then develop the rest of the project independently, covering all of the assessment objectives:
- AO1 - Artist research and using artists to inspire your ideas (25%)
- AO2 - Experimenting - different camera and editing techniques (25%)
- AO3 - Recording ideas - drawing, taking photos, planning and written work (25%)
- AO4 - Final outcomes - a series of pieces that bring your ideas together (25%)
Upload your homework photos to a gallery at the top of your new project page. Also save them to your area.
You are learning how to analyse photographers styles through written work, ready to try their styles next week.
Check their work - look for spelling mistakes and typos etc! Be a 'critical friend'!
These lessons have been written by Miss Wilson.