While we were walking around I saw these two bushes side by side and from the help of my teacher telling me that the red bush to the right was a great place for portraits and I wanted to give it a shot. I decided to take it slightly from the side because I thought the combinations and contrast of the two bushes created a different and unique yet functional background.
This shot in particular was not actually posed, this is in fact a candid shot. In the middle of us shooting he looked up to his friend behind me and made a silly face and decided to snap a quick picture cause why not and it actually turned out ok. I really like this shot because he didn't want to smile for me at and I finally got him to smile even though it was candid. However I did go a little overboard when photoshopping his teeth to make them whiter.
F-Stop - f/5 Shutter Speed - 1/400 sec ISO - 400
This project taught me to be very patient with other people (referring to my partner not wanting to smile ever) and to be more creative and also to be very weary of other peoples feelings and opinions. Because when you're taking pictures of someone, especially for portraits, you really have to respect their opinion of your picture about THEM, that's the key part. The picture is of them and therefore their opinion is life or death for your pictures. My only advice for beginning students would be to work with someone who 1. you are comfortable with and vice versa 2. Try to make sure they are at least some what open about having pictures taken of them and if not, soften them up, make them feel good about themselves so they're willing to have pictures taken of them and 3. Like I said be very weary of their opinion of the pictures because even if you think its a good picture you shouldn't use it out of respect for them.