Yes - this is a portrait.

About this tutorial

Just to confirm, it is a portrait – it is an illustrative still life portrait of a very close friend of mine named Susan. The shooting procedure is pretty much the same as the Baby Face tutorial, only the concept as well as the final production is different as this image was shot on B&W film and printed in the darkroom.

Topics covered in this tutorial:
  • Methods of conceptualizing images.
  • Creating composite images in-camera without using Photoshop.
  • Painting with light.
  • Back lighting sandwiched backgrounds.
  • Protecting your background when creating composites in-camera.
  • Using comparative ratios to determine background tones.
  • Methods of using long “bulb” exposures to create in-camera composites.
  • Printing & toning for B&W film
All images, video and written content of this tutorial © Greg Blue Photography. Images, video and written content may not be used, copied or republished in any way without the express written permission of Greg Blue Photography.


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