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Homework 8: Photographic Style_Carl Cabrall

The Vogue Cover is shot using front light. The subject seems to be symmetrically placed in the middle of the cover but in fact, her eyes and lips are off centered giving a view of tallness as her head fills the upper middle of the cover. The look and feel of the subject is one of High Fashion seriousness. The text is linking with the clothing. The view is more of a 180 degree shot.

Wired magazine is using broad light with the subject lit with additional lighting from the back to separate him from the background to give the appearance of a slight halo. The text is linking with the background while the general look and feel is that of quirkiness. The angle of the lighting is diagonal from the right.

AARP at first glance seems to be using butterfly lighting. The subject however is in fact being light from the right at a 90 degree with a softer fill light on the left. The feel and style of the cover is that of confidence and happiness and success. All the subjects for all the covers are smiling. Broad light , front light and butterfly lighting seems to be the general lighting choices for several covers.

Final Project Statement_ Carl Cabrall

Final Project Statement By Carl Cabrall 5/3/2022

Topic: What is it about? What genre of photography interests you and would you like to explore:

For my final I will be exploring portrait photography. I want to photograph people both as they are in various moods as well as in the studio setting.

What purpose will it serve in your portfolio? Do you want to highlight your conceptual thinking, your design sense, your lighting skills?

I would like to highlight my lighting skills and also highlight my attempts to capture an authentic human moment.

Subject Matter: Literally what will you shoot? I would like to photograph men and women individually – maybe possibly a family.

Style: What will it look like? How will you use photographic style to communicate emotion and point of view? Find at least one example and include at least one image with your description.

A person with a beard

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Two out of the three sets of photographs will be in color lit by daylight or studio light. However, the third group will be in black and white with a male subject.

Lighting: how will you light your project?

This will be a combination of daylight and studio light. I will experiment with different colored backgrounds to light a selection of different poses by the subjects.

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The Photograph shown below called “Island of Gods – Bali,” was taken by the photographer Malin Fezihai. The photograph depicts a shirtless man and an almost shirtless woman with braided hair embracing in the dark lush green beauty of a tropical garden in Bali Indonesia. Marlin describes the couple depicted in the photograph as friends of hers. However, a more important detail that she revealed was the fact that she was the one who braided both of their hairstyles. In her post dated October 5, 2020 she describes her posting of the picture as part of her journey into her past. As a 17 year old girl, she used hair braiding to earn money for a plane ticket to New York and there began studying photography. When looking at the photograph, it has a pure sensual beauty about it – “A sort of Adam and Eve Effect.” There is the look of magnetism that emanates from her eyes and pulls you in to the photograph as if to say, “come into my garden.” The photograph’s visual effectiveness comes from her use of several elements to frame and effective photograph.

Firstly, her use of contrast to create a distinction between the beautiful brown skin and the dark lush green vegetation is extremely effective, creating a distinct foreground and background. The more pronounced areas of lighting fall on Chantal who is the female subject in the photo. The light on her face creates the perfect contrast with her piercing dark eyes. Secondly, their platted braids form patterns that interrupt the color texture of their skin. Thirdly, the braids form leading lines down the back of Teisbe, (the man in the photo) naturally following the muscles in his back. To conclude, what ultimately ties all of the elements together is the way the lighting causes the eyes to move throughout the photograph. Firstly, your eyes start looking at her eyes, follows her shoulder downward, then up towards her hand resting on his shoulder, then follows the leading lines of his braids downwards to the green tattoos on his left arm which merge seamlessly into the dark green vegetation behind them. The eyes and then re-emerge on his right arm wrapped around her waist working its way up their shoulders again. This is the kind of photograph that makes you look at it repeatedly. It almost makes you want to be them in that timeless moment embracing each other. No wonder she named the photo “Island of Gods – Bali,”

 “Island of Gods – Bali,” By Malin Fezihai

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