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Becky J. Blackburn

Senior Project: Photography!

I'm currently a senior and I'm doing my senior project on photography. I plan on putting together a scrapbook of senior pictures that I have done for my friends. But I need to somehow broaden my range of photographs. Does anyone have CHEAP - key word here - ideas that I can for indoor shots and anything other portrait type shots?

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9/11/2004 6:27:04 PM

Shauna Linde
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/10/2004
  I hope I'm getting this right: You're looking for pictures you can take indoors that are inexpensive to put together?
One of the first portrait pictures I did for a class was using window light. For a back drop, you can use a sheet (any fabric too), shower curtain, etc. I shoot mostly black and white, so color doesn't matter too much. I usually do something with no pattern on it, though. Depending on where indoors you are shooting, see if there are any neat textured walls you can put your subject up against.
Hope this helps!

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9/11/2004 10:08:35 PM

Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Buy 2 yards of material that you like. I'm told that stretchy velour is great because it doesn't wrinkle much. Shower curtains or sheets are also good. Set up near a window. Or go outdoors to a park and set up near (but not too near) a green leafy bush. Good luck!

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9/12/2004 4:08:08 AM

Becky J. Blackburn   So do I put the sheet directly in front of a window or just near it? Thanks for the input!

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9/12/2004 7:02:44 AM

Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  It depends how much light you want in the picture and how much light is coming in the window. I usually set up next to a window that does not have direct sunlight pouring in but is bright because of the daylight. If you put the sheet in front of the window then you will have a glowing background and you'll need flash or other light for your subject.

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9/12/2004 1:33:30 PM

Matt S. Raspanti   um are you only doing portrait photography if you want go to a location and take a picture at the same time every day or do closeups of crosswalks with people walking over them. If you are only focusing on portrait photography forget everything I just said

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9/14/2004 8:27:04 AM

Rebecka Franklin   Some of the things that we did as a senior class was have the students lay down on the floor of the gym around the center where our logo was painted. We also created the year we graduated with student bodies. The kids taking the pictures were up in the bleachers looking down on us. We also had a lot of shots outside the school of students going to movies and hangin' out. It is fun to look back at the movie posters that we were standing in front of! We had four girls hanging upside down on the monkey bars, their hair was hanging down, but when they published it they turned the picure upside down so that their hair was going straight up. Just have fun. Your friends might have some good ideas for different shots. But be ready for those spontanious moments!

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9/14/2004 8:46:20 AM

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