About Face: Outstanding Oil Portraits
Photo Upload Form for Former Students
1. Please avoid using someone else's photos. You learn a lot more when you plan and take your own photos.
2. Use the best camera available. A fairly current mobile phone will do a good job. A DSLR is great too!
3. Take lots of photos so you have lots of choices! When I am photographing a person I take over 100 photos at the photo sitting. Easy to do with our mobile phones!
4. Do not use a flash. Natural light is always best. Always.
5. Think about lighting. Get some interesting shadows if you can. Try different arrangements. Use a window with light coming from one direction.
6. Consider the angle. You will be relying on your photo for much of your visual information. For a traditional portrait you will want to get eye level with your subject.
7. Give yourself wiggle-room. Watch out for cutting areas of your subject off, things you may wish you had later. Have a number of photos from your photo session for reference (close-up shots are great).
8. Do some editing in advance. Use a photo editing program to plan your painting in advance. You can adjust color and composition fairly easily right on your phone!
Don't let obtaining photos stress you! You can do this, and it is so rewarding to create a painting from start to finish on your own!