S: Portraits by Julia Einsweiler
FC: Portraits | By: Julia Einsweiler
1: This is a book that contains portraits taken by me, Julia Einsweiler. I created this book for my Personal Project. It shows how I improved my portraits overtime and useful tips I learned. It is arranged in chronological order. My chosen area of interaction was human ingenuity since I used techniques by other photographers and also because I created my own original portraits. My guiding question throughout my project was "How have ingenious photographers managed to take portraits using a wide variety of techniques, angles and effects and how can I imitate these methods to create my own portraits?". I answered this through research and through taking portraits shown in this album I would like to thank everyone who is in this book, friends and family, for being in my photos and supporting me throughout this project. Also I would like to thank my supervisor for giving me advice and guiding me. | About the Book:
2: Contents: | © 2012 Julia Einsweiler | The Soothing Sunset and The Sandy Beach The Cute Lovebirds The Colorful Balloons The Strong Sunlight The Blue Winter The Green Bamboo The Splatter of Paint | 4-13 14-19 20-25 26-37 38-45 46-55 56-63
4: The Soothing Sunset
5: and The Sandy Beach
6: Although my research told me that people should not part their lips in photos because it is less attractive, I find that it can look quite nice. I used sunset lighting which looked great with her beautiful hazel eyes. I used a wide aperture to make the background more out of focus. | 6
7: I took a photo of her using the two thirds view since it made her face look slimmer. I also made sure that there was white on both sides of her irises so that her eyes would stand out more. I changed the photo to black and white because her hair color was a bit too similar to the background. | 7
8: I wanted to try using the flash and have a picture where she is looking up but it did not look great. I made sure that there was white on both sides of the irises and that her head was at a different angle compared to her shoulders to give a better composition. | 8
9: I decided to change the photo to black and white so that the light of the flash would be reduced and also because it looked more interesting and old fashioned. | 9
10: In this photo I tried making her interact with the background to make the image more interesting. The depth of field and composition are nice because of the plants and also because I used a wide aperture which makes the background more blurry. I used sunset lighting which looks nice with her since her eyes are hazel. I made sure that there was white on both sides of the irises so that the eyes would stand out more and I positioned her shoulders at a different angle compared to her head so that the photo would be more dynamic. I love her expression because I feel like it tells a story. Also, similar to other photos in this section, her lips are open, which I think looks nicer and more engaging than if they were to be closed. | 10
11: In this photo, I had her not face me and then turn towards me quickly. This made her expression more natural and compelling. I only made her turn her head and not her shoulders so that the composition would look more appealing. I love the story in this photo, but I think that it would have been better if it was more focused. | In this photo, I wanted to have more sun so I took it in a sunnier spot. I tilted her head upwards a bit so that her neck would appear longer. I think that perhaps there was a bit too much light, so it would have possibly been better if she were in a shadier spot. I think it would have been better if there was more white on the sides of her irises so that her eyes would be more vibrant.
12: Left: In this photo I wanted more of the body and also a happier shot with the ocean in the background. I like this photo because it looks natural because she did not know I was taking the shot. Also the wind adds more motion and action to the shot. | Below: I wanted another landscape photo with her looking in the distance. It is a shame that the light was a bit too hard but at least it looks quite natural.
13: I wanted a really intense gaze and I'm quite happy with the photo I manged to get. I posed her at a seven eighths view and made sure that her head and shoulders were at different angles. The photo would have been nicer if she was not directly facing the sun, because the light that it is producing is too hard and also it is causing her to squint which takes away from the amount that her eyes stand out. | In this photo, I used more of a back light to experiment a bit and see if it was better. It made her hair a bit too bright and also the edge of her face. Possibly it would have been better if i had a complete back light so that there would be no shadows on her face, but since it is better to take photos of her face from an angle, then it would have been tricky to get an appealing shot. | 13
14: The Cute Lovebirds
16: I was really excited to photograph a couple so I wanted to do something exciting and fun. I was inspired by the famous jump in Dirty Dancing. Although this looks nothing like it, the idea of the guy carrying the girl is the same. Although the photo is a bit out of focus I like it a lot since it looks real. | I boosted the colors to make a greater contrast and then made it black and white. I did this because I find that in black and white, the photo is more meaningful since the colors don't distract the eye. It also looks more emotional and captures the moment more than when in color. This is one of my favorite photos.
17: This photo is much more focused and the depth of field is nice due to the wide aperture I used. They were doing their own thing and then I told them to look at the camera. It looked very natural since they were already smiling, which is one of the reasons why I think this is a very nice photo. | I decided to make this photo black and white partly because the green in the background is a bit distracting but also because the photo looks more emotional and because I think that it preserves the memory better. Every time I look at this photo, I can't help but smile. | 17
18: In this photo, I got them to look natural because she really was laughing at something he had just said. Since he is also naturally smiling then the photo looks even better. The leaves in the background are a bit distracting which is a pity and possibly the photo could look better if there was a stronger interaction between them. For example if he were looking at her, then there would be more emotion between them. | Since they were just laughing, then their smiles look very natural. I posed her hand on him so that there would be more interaction between them. I also placed them in similar positions to that of a prom picture. I boosted the colors a bit to make them more vibrant, lowered the exposure and saturated the photo to make the colors look nicer. These are common editing techniques.
19: In this photo, I aimed for more serious expressions looking in the distance. Since they both have beautiful eyes, then I made sure that there was white around their irises. I also boosted the colors a bit to help them stand out more and tinted the photo a bit green and yellow to make the colors more lively. The photo could possibly be better without his eyeglasses. | In this photo I wanted them to look in different places. Although th smile of the guy is a bit weird, I like the overall feel of the photo. I cropped the arm of the girl out a bit since the bracelets were distracting for the eye but also because the position looked a bit awkward and uncomfortable. I also boosted the colors a bit to make their eyes stand out more along with tinting it a bit green | 19
22: I found this photo while browsing through flickr. I really love the focus and the aperture used to create the depth of field. I got inspired by the originality and wanted to create something similar. For the photo shoot I decided to try to imitate the depth of field with the road behind and the concept of having the balloons. | © Amy Spanos | Inspiration | 22
23: In this photo shoot I used a wide aperture in order to get a blurry background and to have a nice focus on the model. However since there was no wind, then the balloons did not float upwards. Also there was not enough light, so there are shadows on her face. The photo could have been better if I used a collapsible reflector, to reflect light onto her face.
24: In this photo, I wanted to do more of a close up. I made the mistake of not telling her to take her blackberry out of her pocket so it creates this weird lump in the photo. Also I think that it could have been better if the window in the background was more out of focus or if it looked a bit more horizontal. | In this photo, she was a bit more posy. I think that I should have used a wider aperture for this photo and the next three photos. Also a collapsible reflector would've been nice for these photos so that there would be more and better lighting
25: This photo is not in perfect focus but I think that it makes it a bit more unique. I think it would have been better if there was more light upon the eyes so that they would stand out more. I like her body language and also it is good that the smiley faces on the balloons aren't showing because they are a bit distracting. | I like the background in this photo, but it should have been more out of focus. Also it would have been better if she was looking somewhere to give more of a story to the photo. for example if she was looking in the distance with a worried look or if she was looking sad. | 25
26: The Strong
28: My inspiration for these photos was mainly her eyes. I love the color of them, so I tried to make them stand out more. Editing helped me with that because I was able to make the photo more saturated and a bit tinted with blue and green. | Before:
29: After: | I used a wide aperture to get a good focus and also used editing techniques. I got this photo when she was not really paying attention so it looks more natural instead of other shots, which were more posy. | 29
30: I wanted to get a close up photo so that I could emphasize her eyes. However I did not realize that the string of her bracelet was a disruption in the frame. I think that if I had used back lighting that the photo would have been better because there would be no shadows on her face and also she would be squinting less, so her eyes would be bigger and stand out more. | Before:
31: After: | After I took this photo, I decided that it would be better if I cropped out the string of her bracelet so that it would not be distracting and take away from the photo. I also made the colors a bit more saturated so that they would be more vibrant.
32: Above: In this photo, I made the framing better compared to the previous photo. I edited it a bit by saturating and boosting the colors so that the eyes would stand out more. However I did not use back lighting in this photo because I did not realize it would be a problem until I uploaded it to my computer. In the future I should make sure that I check the photos I take and analyze them while I'm with the person so that I can take better portraits. | Right: In this photo I wanted to have wind blowing in her hair, but the light was a bit too hard, so again I should have used back light. I used a wide aperture so that the background would be blurry and she would be in focus.
34: In this photo, I wanted to have meaningful body language that did not involve the eyes being the main focus. I also wanted to have some wind blowing in her hair. I think I achieved what I was planning, but again the light is too hard. The hard lighting changes the colors and the tones and makes the photo look less appealing and natural.
35: I decided to change this photo to black and white so that the colors and tones would look more natural and also so that the amount of hard light would be reduced or less obvious. This effect creates a bigger contrast to the picture and also makes it look more emotional and dramatic. I think that in black and white, that the photo looks much more appealing.
36: In this photo I wanted to have someone looking in the distance with emotion. Since I usually notice my friend does this I asked if I could take photos of her. I finally used back light and it looked much better. There are no shadows on the face and her hair is illuminated nicely. I made sure that both of her irises had white around them and that I used a wide aperture to make sure that people focused mainly on her. I also boosted the colors a bit to make the photo more vibrant. I like this photo a lot, but I think that the focus point is not entirely on the eyes, but more on the nose and mouth. In the future I should make sure that the eyes are perfectly focused.
37: In this second photo i wanted her to look downwards, but for her eyes to continue to be visible. I wanted to have a photo with more emotion so I am happy with the result. I made her lips parted because I think that it makes the photo more intense and also boosted and saturated the colors a bit. I think that the photo could have been framed a bit better by including the shape of her chin and focusing more specifically on her eyes rather than her nose and hair. Despite improvements for this picture, I love the wind blowing through her hair and the overall feel of the photo. In the future I should remember to bring chap stick.
38: The Blue Winter
41: In the photo to the left I wanted to get a calm relaxed pose with a tree in the background. I made sure that there was white around the irises and used a large aperture. I should make sure that in the future I make sure that the hair does not cover the eyes. I think that her smile is quite natural but I wish that there was more emotion so that there would be more of a meaning and story in the photo. I used a shutter speed of 1/160 since there was already quite a lot of light so I did not require a faster shutter speed. I also tinted the photo a bit green and blue to make those colors stand out more and also lowered the exposure a bit. | In the photo to the left, I wanted to create something a bit more emotional. I wanted her to look slightly up into the distance while making sure that there was white around the irises. I first got inspired for the photo by the tree since it resembled a weeping willow and I thought it would be a nice background. Unintentionally I also got a bit of bokeh in the background. I used a wide aperture, lowered the exposure and tinted the photo a bit with green and blue to make the colors more vivid.
42: In this photo I wanted to focus mainly on one eye since I was inspired by the intense blue color. Although this photo is not very emotional, I like the composition and the angle. However I think that the focus point is a bit more to the right of the eye than the actual center of the eye. I used a wide aperture of 2.8 and a shutter speed of 1/125. I boosted the colors a bit and tinted it green and blue.
43: In this photo, I wanted to do another portrait where the subject would be looking downwards but still have her eyes visible. With this one, I made sure that the eyes were in better focus than the last one. This one is more different however since it is more happy whereas the other one is more intense. I think that I could have framed this one a bit better, so in the future I have to make sure that when I do close-up portraits, that I frame them nicely.
44: In this photo I wanted to make her blue eyes stand out so I decided to have the lake as a background. Although this photo is not in perfect focus due to a slow shutter speed of 1/30, I love the body language and the tones. I used a large aperture and also faded the colors a bit to get the more blue and gray tones which I was aiming for. This photo would have been better if I had used a faster shutter speed, which would have made it more in focus.
45: In this photo I really wanted to exaggerate the color of her eyes in a close up shot. I was careful to include the top of her shoulders so that her head would not just be floating around. I used a wide aperture and a fast shutter speed of 1/800 to ensure that there would be a nice focus. I also boosted the colors a bit, tinted it a bit blue and green and lowered the exposure to provide a greater contrast between the colors.
46: The Green
48: In this photo, I wanted more interaction with the background to enhance the portrait. I used an aperture of 3.5 and a shutter speed of 1/125. I tilted her head a bit at an angle so that the contour of her face would be more visible against her black hair.
49: I boosted the colors a bit and changed it to black and white so that the accessories would not be distracting. Changing the portrait to black and white also created a greater contrast between her face and her hair, which made the outline of her face look nicer and draws more attention to her.
50: In this photo I tried to use back light to reduce the harshness of it, but I probably did not shoot at the best angle. Despite this, I think that the photo is quite nice since the background is nicely out of focus with a bit of bokeh and bits of her hair are illuminated nicely.
51: I boosted and saturated the colors to make them more vibrant, and also tinted them a bit green so that the background would look more appealing. I also used back light to make sure that there would be no shadows on her face. I used an aperture of 3.5 and a shutter speed of 1/250.
52: In this photo, I wanted to get a side view so that the contour of her face would be visible and smooth. I did this by making sure that some of her face would have her dark hair as a background to show the contrast. I used a wide aperture, boosted the colors and saturated the photo a bit.
53: In this photo, I did more of a full face view but with the face at a slight angle. I think that this portrait could have been better if she was at a similar angle to the previous photo, if her hair was a bit less messy and if i had taken the photo from a higher angle.
54: In this photo, I wanted to get the contrast between her brown hair and the bamboo, but also show the depth of field by showing more of the fence in the frame. I managed to do both of these things using landscape instead of portrait. I used an aperture of 3.5 and a shutter speed of 1/320. The shutter speed was faster since we were in the shade. I think that there is possibly too much light reflecting off of her shirt and that maybe the portrait would have been better if I had taken the photo from a higher angle.
55: In this photo I wanted to have a close-up so that I would be able to emphasize the color of the eyes more. I also liked how well the color of her hair went with the bamboo. I used the rule of thirds by placing her a bit to the side to make a better composition. I used the same aperture and shutter speed as in the previous portrait, but I tinted this one a bit more green. I think that this portrait would have been better if the angle of her face was a bit less towards me and if I took the picture from a higher place. In the future I should consider bringing a mini collapsible stool with me.
56: The | Splatter of | Paint
58: My inspiration for this theme was a photo (below) I saw on flickr by Absolute Imperfections2 (her real name is not given). I loved the intensity, the colors and the originality so I decided to imitate it to try something different and more unique and artistic. I had to get special stage make up (Kryolan) in order to do the splatter effect on my face. I think that this photo shoot could have been much better if I had a black background since it would make the photo more dramatic. | ©Absolute Imperfections2
59: In this photo, I wanted to try creating a portrait with a smaller exposure to see if it would look better if it was darker. I preferred using a larger exposure, so I switched back quickly. I did not do much editing on this photo, only a bit of fading the colors to get a colder feel to the portrait. I used an aperture of 4.5 and a slow shutter speed of 1/10. I think that the framing could be better in these two photos, since in both of them, my whole chin is not visible.
60: In these photos, I wanted to take pictures just of the lips to try something different. I like this photo because the lighting is prefect and the lips are nicely focused. I used an aperture of 2.8 and a shutter speed of 1/15. I really like this photo since the colors are lively, the focus is nice and the lighting is perfect.
61: 'In this photo, I wanted to have an unfocused blurry image. I had a very slow shutter speed of "3.2. This resulted in the colors being blended and the photo becoming blurry,The end result looked almost as if it was glowing.
62: In these photos, I wanted to have close-ups of my eyes to emphasize their color.I used a wide aperture of 4.5 and a short shutter speed of 1/10. I placed myself so that the photo would be taken from a higher angle, which would give something more out of the ordinary.
63: In this photo I tried using different lighting, but it created shadows on my face. I tried taking the portraits horizontal to see if it would be better or worse. In the end, i think that the previous photo is better since the lighting and the composition are better