Week 3 – Richard Avedon and Rankin

Last night we discussed Avedon’s series ‘In the American West’. You can see some of the images on his website.

We also talked about Rankin’s portraits.

We looked at camera angle and the portrait.  The angle we take a portrait from can have a much greater effect on the subject than in other genres such as still life or landscape. If we look down at a sitter they look inferior and childlike, look up and they appear dominant. From the same height they could be seen as ‘equals’. If you missed the session have a go at taking three portraits, one from below, one from above and one at eye level.

We also took advantage of the better weather and had a session of mixing daylight and flash. For more on this look at Neil Turner’s site.

Don’t forget the Martin Parr talk in Bath next Tuesday.

If you have links to Flickr sites let me have them and I will post them up and keep looking at the other members shots.


~ by Nigel on May 25, 2011.

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