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The senior portrait is a traditional rite of passage for a high school student. But senior portraits aren't what they used to be: staid, format portraits shot in front of a mottled gray background. These days, an effective senior portrait conveys the personality of its subject, and is often shot on-location or outdoors.
In this course, photographer and educator Derrick Story details the art and the process of modern senior portraiture, from working with the subject and his or her parents to plan a shot list, to shooting indoors and out, to delivering the final shots. Along the way, he examines gear and workflow considerations, including lighting, sharing proofs, and post-processing.
And because senior portraiture is a potentially lucrative business, the course concludes with a discussion of various business angles, including developing a pricing strategy, connecting with local high schools, marketing through social media outlets, and more.
A lot of senior portraits these days don't require the traditional backdrop and the, you know, all that stuff. They get to shoot them outside. But some schools do have certain requirements. And in fact, normally, when you're a junior, the students get a packet in the mail, that sort of outlines how that all works. You want to make sure that you have a chance to look at that if indeed they did receive that. So if there are any backdrop requirements, you know what they are.
Now, if you do have to shoot with a backdrop, or if the student wants a backdrop, it's not that big a deal. I mean, this is actually a fairly affordable sort of thing. The stand that's behind me there, you can get those for about $65, and up of course, in photography it's always up, but you can get them for about $65. This is the same stand I had back at my studio, it's very portable, you can carry it around. Now, I like to use two types of material for my backdrops.
One is a muslin and I have a couple different colors and you know, what's really fun is if you get a backdrop that has two different sides. So actually becomes, one backdrop becomes, you know, two looks. And I like them that have the nice Grommets on them here. This makes sure that the fabric doesn't tear away. Now the way that I connect the backdrop to the stand is the $1.99 set of shower curtain hooks. These things work great.
And they just slide very easily on the pole, and you can just carry a bunch of em. You don't have to worry about anything that's, you know, fancy or special. You just go to the drugstore and get more if you run out. Now, some students will like something that's a little bit less, you know, Muslin is very traditional look. But you can go with what we call seamless paper, and it'll also work on your pole. You just run the pole right through it, pull the paper down, and then tape it to the floor, and that way you get a nice sweep.
You want a nice angle there. And this comes in a variety of colors. A lot of times I'll carry a white one and a black one, and it gives a more sleek look, it's not as traditional as, as the Muslin. Kind of more of a modern appearance. So those are your basic backdrop choices. Now one of the things that were going to do, I'll give you a little foreshadowing right now, is that I also look for textures around me. You may see a texture behind me that we may be using for a backdrop in an upcoming shoot, but this will get you going, this setup right here.
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