I had a lot of fun with this portrait series. Doing a series on people who feel marginalized has been in my head for a long time. I am happy that this project made me get out there and actually start it.
I was really happy with how all my photos turned out individually, but then I looked at them in a group and I became very disappointed. I realized 3 out of the 4 have such similar lighting that it makes the 4th look out of place. By the time I realized this it was too late to do anything about it. So I’m trying to stay positive. The one that looks out of place is the woman in the church. The others I took outside, at nighttime and barely exposed the background. I realized after looking back that I should have lit the background more and give more importance to the space they were in. I was focused so much on properly lighting only half their face that the idea that I might want to light the background a little was lost.
The good news is that I do plan on continuing with this project. I’m happy that I now have some good images to add to the collection, and I’m hoping with some more variety in background the project will all come together.
Watch the entire thing… there’s an interesting twist at the end…
I decided to try something different for my lighting set up and make the part of his face that was furthest away from the camera brighter than the part closest to the camera. I ended up really liking how the lighting and quality of interview turned out. Editing wasn’t much of a problem either. I tried perfecting it as much as possibly because I enjoy video editing. John helped me a little bit with figuring out how to work Final Cut X. He showed me how to access the levels and color balancing when I needed to adjust those.
I am moderately experienced with video interviewing and editing but I’d never played with lighting as much in a video as I had with this assignment. It was cool to see how a room could transform after lighting and use the lights in a different setting than in the studio or with speedlights.
Overall I liked this assignment. I think it was valuable for us to learn since as journalists, lighting and video interviewing are an important part of our jobs.
P.S. I used youtube instead of Vimeo because Vimeo was having problems last time we looked at videos in class.
Here is Luke’s video of me. I look gross because I was crying about convergence that day… Ooops. haha Enjoy!