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Painting Portraits

Painting color into studio portraits 

In collaboration with Sasha   

For this project, I plan on taking pictures of people in a studio setting with the help of my partner in this collaboration, Sasha. This project is called "Painting Portraits" because we plan on using the Wacom tablets in order to paint on color, distort, or add mixed media into the pictures through using Photoshop. Even though this project is heavily relied upon using After Effects, the challenge we want to give ourselves is if we can capture pictures that tell a good enough story and have design elements. Whether that is fashion photography, documentary photography, or simple candids, each photo should tell a story that could last without the added effects.
Below are my three images of inspiration for what I am really going to try and capture when I create these images.

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I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of the use of isolation of color and mixed media that is used throughout the photo that seems to be mainly through Photoshop which is what I want to do. 

I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of my want to try to distort pictures. I have never been able to, and being able to distort the pictures in this project could add to the overall storytelling and story of the pictures. 

I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of the use of mixed medium and the flawless addition of other pictures and texture that seem to all have been created to make this piece. I want to use this picture as my inspiration when I add other photos into my main photo, which would add to the overall story.

For our next steps, I plan on using my Nikon D3400 while using my prime 50mm lens in order to get great portrait shots that are not only going to flatter Joy but is going to have an open aperture and blur the background. I plan to use a shot light and a lightbox in order to have pleasant portraits but also extreme portraits that could tell a different story if needed. I plan on shooting close-ups, full-body, and whatever is needed in order to get great added drawing, distortion, and mixed media as wanted. We also want to use low angle, high angle, and straight on angle in order to show a differentiating and diverse group of photos. I will switch from horizontal to vertical shots in order to play with the perspective of the model of focus. I hope to shoot the pictures the week of September 30th. I will need 2 lights, the model/s, and my camera.   

Think Tank 1 Feedback

Grey: Make sure your photos are still present throughout your editing and make sure that the photos aren't going to change too much 

Kea-Roy: Make the editing not too chaotic and try to limit the image elements

Digital Contact Print​​
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I chose the 4 purple circled pictures because of their overall ability to become perfect candidates for manipulation including distortion and online mixed media.
For the first photo, the position and side profile of Joy along with the blurred background. The straight-on shot with a slightly low angle also gives Joy some power to viewers and will be great for distortion specifically on the face.
The second photo shows Joy at a straight-on angle with little to no angle manipulation that would allow for great mixed media to go along with my inspiration shots. The even light across her face from the two softboxes also allows for an even canvas to add more images and media too specifically collaging. 
The third photo is similar to the first one but the angle is even lower and Joy's eyes are moved in order to invoke a new feeling into people. I think the light is created and moody and allows for a new conceptual idea and story to emerge specifically through me using distortion or mixed media specifically collaging. 
The fourth photo is one of my favorites and therefore is starred because of its contrasting light created from a single lightbox and the straight-on shot from the camera. This setup and composition of the photo would be amazing for creating a mixed media photo.
The fifth photo is different from the rest with it being a close up fill the frame shot. The low angle also adds to the close-up and allows for drawing on the image similar to what Sasha is doing. 
The final photo is very similar to the third image but I think using similar images and making them very different would be very interesting. I want to draw on this image with outlining the face, manipulation of color, and adding different brush types to make the image more interesting and fun. 
Overall I want to create 2 mixed media, 2 distortion photos, and 2 drawing photos for my final photos!

Think Tank 2 Feeback From Whole Class:

Add in humor to the photos and try to make them more funny and differnet. Main point would be to distinguish the backgrounds and try to have more engaging photos.

Here is the original image.
Editing Technique for One of My Final Photos 
1. For my first step, I duplicated my background layer so I didn't corrupt it from the original image and then used the magnetic lasso tool around only the face and copied it to get a face on top of a face. 
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2. For my second step, I used the adjustment panel once again and used the black and white option in order to change the layer of Joy's face to black and white. However I didn't want to have the first layer be fully black and white so I limited the opacity of the black and white adjustment to around 25%.
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3. For my third step, I repeated steps one and two in order to get another layer of Joy's face. However for the second layer adjustment of black and white, I changed the opacity to around 35-40% in order to get a darker less saturated look to the face, while having a change of saturation from the beggining of the face to now.
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4. For my fourth step, I repeated steps one and two once again in order to get a third layer of Joy's face. With this layer of Joy's face being the final, I kept the opacity of the black and white layer at 100% to full show the transition of saturation and color from the begginig of Joy's face to now. 
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5. For my final step, I decided to use a different adjustment of posterize in order to get crazy fun colors while still keeping the black and white adjustments the same on Joy's face. 
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Here is the final photo.
After some patching of the background in order to get it clear, this is my final photo and is the first photo of DISTORTION
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Here are my other 5 final pictures.
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This photo was my first mixed media and I wanted to use two different types of stock photos that were scary and melancholy in order to disaply visually the fight of lightness and darkness in this photo. I also used an imported brush of dripping black blood in order to add more texture to the photo. 
This photo was my first drawing photo and I wanted to use different geometrical templates in the background to get rid of the negative space. I also added in and imported brush of splatter paint to add texture to her shirt and painted on brush strokes onto her eyes.
This is my second photo of mixed media where I used four different stock images in order to get a textured and extremely distorted look to Joy. I focused on the eyes where I added in a stock image of a different eye, and I replaced the eye with a swirl of geometric shapes. I also replaced her lips with lips holding a cherry and a patch on her shirt saying the world "CRUSH". These elements create a mysterious and vintage feel to the photo.
This is my second distortion picture and by far my most abstract one. The area surronding her face is a brush tool of stars that I made extremely tiny and painted all over her face. For her left eye I distorted it and replicated it, changing it's opacity each time. For the eye, I replaced it with a crazy symbol that I created using Photoshop and then placed on her face in the same way of the eyes; where it loses opacity as it goes lower down her face. 
This was my second drawing photo and this photo was my hardest photo to creat because I found a stock image of "LOVE ME" and then I morphed them, cut them, and individually colored them to shape her face and the entire frame. I also added the words "Why don't you love me?" and stock image of tears to Joy's face to create a clear story of sadness and a want for love. 

Successes and Challenges

For me this project has been the hardest of the year. Having to work with someone else in the creation of ideas and inspiration was very hard for me and having to create six images instead of four was even more challenging. I also think my themes of distortion, mixed media, and drawing where the most challenging work I have had to do to date with post proccessing. Even through all these challenges I still found great success in many of my portraits. I was able to learn some many new techniques, brushes, tools, and even got a whole google drive full of amazing patterns when doing this project. It was a hard project no doubt, but the many things I was able to learn from it was absolutely worth all the challenge I had to go through!

Final Print Document
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