Fashion Photography Class Assignment

January 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Okay, so first of all, this page IS still under construction.  I'm working on getting my logo all set up to make everything more professional.  And pretty.  

I have mentioned that I'm still working on finishing up with the New York Institute of Photography.  The course I'm taking is The Complete Course In Professional Photography.  It's broken into six units, each comprised of lots and lots of reading, videos, and lectures.  At the end of each course, I have to take a written test and submit a photo project.  

Today, since I had Katelyn at home for once, I volunteered her to help with the last photo in my Unit 5 photo project.  The assignment was to duplicate a catalog fashion shot as closely as possible, and to make sure that the shot I chose was simple enough to copy.  Here is the shot I chose to copy:

I happen to have the same shirt as pictured in the photo, so I just had to find a good place to get the shot, and get the lighting right.  Oh, and had to convince Katelyn that hair, makeup, and accessories can be FUN!  After looking at my available backdrops and deciding against any of them, I decided to just use the regular ol' walls of the house, and figured our office would be the best place to work.  Here's a shot of what my side of the office usually looks like:

So here's the problem.  No space to set up a shot, and the nice neutral part of the office is the top portion of the wall, above the blue and tile.  I spent a while taking everything off that wall and moving my desk, and then had to play around with having Katelyn stand at different heights to get her centered correctly.  We finally settled on having her stand on that little table that was holding my Lego houses (okay, I love Legos as much as the kids), while I stood across the room on top of my husband's desk.  I set up a nice, soft light to the right of my camera, to get the shadow right, as shown in the original shot.  I wish I'd taken a shot of the office when all of that was going on, because it was a wreck!!

I think it was worth it though, because here is the final shot of Katelyn:

Here they are side-by-side:

I'm really happy with how it turned out!  Katelyn was too, and was such a willing model.  It was a lot of work, and a lot of fun.  Now on to my Unit 6 photo project!




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