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Studio Lighting, 2nd Assignment: Interpretive Portrait with Prop or Nude.


I went with doing what I consider an "interpretive nude". I'm not sure if anyone else would agree with this term though, so I'll explain. I went with showing the level of amprehension that many individuals have about being photographed nude. Firstly, I am not comfortable myself directing a nude model that I do not know (i.e. the school's models) and honestly artistic nudes bore the hell out of me (most of the time) so I went this route. I had the idea to have him appear to be "nude", but to bring his clothes in as props on the clothesline to cover himself and to accentuate what what he is afraid of losing in order to fully reveal himself to the camera. The way we shot it created an unplanned series beginning with the shirt in front of him ( completely covering him), to him considering its removal, him removing the clothespins, to a final one with him standing without the shirt with the bare clothespins. I turned that last one in for the assignment so I don't have it now to scan, but I'm pretty happy with it. I think this is my second favorite in the bunch.


Everyone used a female model and that too drove me nuts! Let's see some variety.


I also believe I have finally found a use for the Hasselblad---in a studio setting! I was never satisfied with it applying it to the situations I normally photograph. I felt I wasn't using the camera appropriately. I'm enjoying exploring the studio with it right now and I think it's doing an excellent job in that setting.


*Comments and Critiques welcomed!*

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Uploaded on October 24, 2007