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The Lighting of Color

Creating images of emotions through the use of light and color   

For this project, I plan on taking pictures of people in a studio setting and use light as a way to highlight one part of their face while replacing the other part of their face with color. Basically, I want to use light and color on my models in order to express an emotion they are feeling. I will do this by using gels and photoshop. This could be only highlighting a furrow in their brow and replacing the rest of the image with red to represent anger, or only showing half their face and replacing the rest of the photo with color.
Below are my three images of inspiration for what I am really going to try and capture when I create these images.


I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of the great use of lighting by using the colored gels but also because of the added darkness and extreme color in photoshop. The colors display an emotion of wanting or helplessness. This is the type of photo and feeling I want to express and display in this project.

I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of the angle of the model and the depth it creates for the photo. Also, the use of colored gels here is very well done and I think it's a great starting point for something that I want to do. For me I think it's too much-colored gels and I will use much more focused light.

I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of the use of the overall emotion this photo is displaying. The photo reads sadness very clearly but also is more complex than that with the slight purple coming in from the nose beginning to tell an even greater story. I also like how the model is placed and the soft light somehow creating a silhouette.

For my next steps, I plan on using my Nikon D3400 while using my prime 50mm lens in order to capture the beautiful portraits. I also play to use a shot light and a lightbox placed behind all around the model(s) in order to get the effect shown in the inspiration photos. I also plan on shooting my photos using colored gels and plenty of dark contrast in order to get the moody and emotion telling pictures I want. I plan on shooting with Sunny and differentiating the poses (specifically using the hands, face, and other parts of the body) and types of photos in order to display a diverse group of photos. I 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 want to shoot these photos the week of October 21st in order to have plenty of time to edit them and re-shoot them if needed. I will need colored gels, 2 lights, Sunny, and my camera.   

Think Tank 1: 

  •  Find your models now and maybe only have one person or a variety of people 

  •  Make sure to convey a clear emotion

  • Make the more candid type of pictures so they aren't ''akwardly standing there"

Digital Contact Print​​
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I chose the four yellow highlighted pictures to edit because of their emotions they convey to the viewers. Their open possibilities to edited to convey these emotions are another reason why I chose them.
I chose the first yellow highlighted picture because of the high angle and the converge of light that adds to the melancholic and seldom emotion of the picture. The composition of the picture is another reason I chose it because of the use of the whole body.
I chose the second highlighted picture because local and pointed light that adds to the emotion of anger. The straight-on angle makes the viewer face that anger and its ability to be edited with color to change or add to the emotion is another reason why I chose it. The hair covering her face also adds to the mysterious yet confronting emotion it is portraying.
I chose the third yellow highlighted photo because it is close up and perfectly divides the face with the light. This use of light to show the elegance and softness of the Sunny. This would be a great photo to add in colored gels post-production because of its simpleness but also because of the even yet contrasted light.
I chose the final picture because of the shadow in the background of the photo. The shadow seems to strangle Sunny in the middle ground and adds to the overall story and emotion of fear. The constricting look on Sunny's face can be furthered through the use of dark scary colors in order to promote the emotion of fear in the photo.
Think Tank 2 :
  • Kea-Roy - Make sure to contrast the light and dark well in editing.
  • Sofia - increasing the highlights can help give depth but balance the gare by decreasing the whites (in-camera raw)
  • Grey - Try to express emotion through each photo
Editing Technique for One of My Final Photos 
Here is the original image.
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 eyes and colored them red in order to get a scary but also sad look. 
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2. For my second step, I used the magnetic lasso tool again around the face and then used the posterize tool in order to get this scary and deformed aesthetic then using the eraser tool in order to only have the posterize look on some of parts of the body as shown in the white and black of the Photoshop picture.
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3. For my third step, I decided to raise the brightness and contrast of only the posterize of the photo in order to have a slight pronunciation of the texture of her face.
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4. For my final step, I decided to change the color of the posterize in order to relate back to the inspiration pieces better than just keeping the posterize normal. I did this by changing the color balance as shown to the right. 
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After some final touches and making sure all the texture was complete, this is my final image titled "Purple Annoyance".
Here is the final photo.
Here are my other 3 final pictures.
"Splattered Elegance"
I decided to edit my photo this way with the half-light, half dark because of the want to display the emotion of vulnerability and elegance. The splatter on the light part of Sunny's face adds a mysterious element while the posterize on the dark side of her face adds a clarity to it. Both sides are opposites of each but tie into each other. 
This photo stuck out to me because of the story this photo tells. The emotion I wanted to display was anger and with the use of texture added to Sunny's face and the added smoke from her ears, displays anger. Also her vampire teeth, which are also posterized, add a more fake yet scary emotion to the overall picture.
"Green Smoke"
I really enjoy this photo because of the close up of it and because of the emotion of anxiousness and fear it displays. The way the red veil covers her mouth shows that she is struggling, with the green keeping the texture of her face clear. 
Successes and Challenges
Overall this project was very successful for me because I was able to do more studio photography with my model "Sunny" and I was able to use Photoshop again in order to show the emotions I wanted to portray. I showed four different emotions here each being created by using the element of posterize in someway and by using different brush types and colors like the inspiration pictutes entailed. One challenge I did face was getting the lighting to be sufficent enough in order to have a clear enough picture to edit. Overall this project was very fun and successful for me!
Final Print Document
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