Social Media Portrait Photos (Photo A3)


Project Introduction

This project is intended to highlight your mastery of studio lighting in a way that creates professional and powerful personal portraits. You will be tasked with get the subject in the studio, setting your lights and capturing images that are crisp and interesting. During the shoot, you will need to change your backdrop and lighting setup to a variety of effects, and prove that you can get great studio portraits in a timely and efficient manner.

You will take multiple studio portraits of at least one subject that include various lighting situations and various effects. The only limitation is your own imagination, and your knowledge of the camera, lights, studio and editing software. These images will be formatted out for Social Media and online User Profiles. Once you have your studio shots taken, you will then do minimal post editing (fixing white balance, maybe removing some blemishes, etc).

Example Portraits & Variants

Here are the studio shots I took, and did some minor edits to in Lightroom. They have been set to a 2048x2048px square canvas to fit on almost any social media or company profile. These would be scaled down to preserve file size and optimization too, but best to start big, then go small.  I included Black & White, as well as some Cross Processing variants for the client.

Project Requirements & Helpful Links

  • Minimum of 8 photos per subject that showcase your mastery of the subject matter, with a minimum of one subject. 4 should be non processed, with at least 4 interesting process variants of those same photos (your choice).
    • There should be four different backdrops, like the example collection above. You will use lighting techniques to get different levels from your background, not Photoshop!
      • Ultra White (shot on white)
      • Light Grey (shot on white)
      • Dark Grey (shot on black)
      • Ultra Black (shot on black)
    • Use good Pose and Angle for your subject to make the most flattering portraits possible.  If you are struggling with interesting shots, do some research online to find portraits, and try to match them!
    • The final images should meet or exceed industry standards for lighting, contrast, and professional posing.
    • Be sure to explain your process and creative methods in your portfolio.
  • Due to the short deadline, I suggest that you use other students in the class as your subject, but you can also bring in an outside model if you prefer, and with the approval of the Instructor.

Project Grading Rubric

The purpose of this assignment is for each student to be able to demonstrate mastery of studio lighting and posing subjects to create great portraits.  At the request of the Instructor, your photos (before, after and editing) may be collected.  All photos should be presented to a professional standard, and be ready for web viewing.  Higher scores may be awarded to students who produce above the minimum number of images, while keeping high quality.

Student showcased absolute mastery over the project, and excelled both technically and creatively. Student provided above average portrait images, but missed a few requirements either technically or creatively. Student demonstrated an acceptable amount of skill, but could have done better either technically or creatively. Student followed directions, but provided poor examples of professional portrait photos or did a sub-par job of completing the assignment. Student did not follow directions, did not demonstrate proper use of the tools, or did not complete assignment completely.