A lot of work goes into a photography portfolio. First, you have to learn something about what you’re doing — for me this requires a lot of work — and then you have to understand how to develop and hone your photography skills.

I had a lot of weaknesses when I really began building my photography portfolio in September. I didn’t feel like I took great portraits, I didn’t understand lighting and I definitely didn’t have my editing style down.

I still have weaknesses now, but I’ve also seen how I’ve grown this fall during my comm 316 class. Hopefully, you can see that too.

Comm 316 Portrait Photography

Before comm 316, I would heavily rely on my models for good portraits. I crossed my fingers that they’d know their bodies well enough to pose productively. After comm 316 I’ve gained my own skills with portrait photography. I grew the most by forcing myself to take self-portraits. This helped me get to know my own body and posing well enough, that I feel more comfortable posing others now for portrait photography.

Comm 316 MJ Creative works self portrait for Lucky Me Magazine by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 MJ Creative works self-portrait for Lucky Me Magazine by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 Fashion Portrait group image by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 Fashion Portrait group image by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 MJ Creative works self portrait for Lucky Me Magazine by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 MJ Creative works self-portrait for Lucky Me Magazine by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 MJ Creative works self portrait for Lucky Me Magazine by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 MJ Creative works self-portrait for Lucky Me Magazine by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 Photography Lighting

My understanding of auxiliary photography lighting and speed lights was practically nonexistent. Now I better understand what angles and products I need in order to produce a certain pattern with photography lighting. I’m truly grateful for the new skills I learned here.

Comm 316 Studio Quality Black Background Portrait with Rembrant Lighting on Face taken by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Studio Quality Black Background Portrait with Rembrandt Lighting on Face taken by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Fashion Portrait image of a man by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 Fashion Portrait image of a man by Merritt Jones

Comm 316 Table top light painting image by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Tabletop light painting image by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Scanography Image of a Mask by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Scanography Image of a Mask by Merritt J. Jones

 

Comm 316 Editing Style and Portfolio

This has been a challenging struggle. I know I like moody photography, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it exactly what I was looking for. I eventually ended up getting a preset, which, I know I’ll be shamed by a lot of photographers for it, but using the preset has really helped me gain confidence in my editing style and made my portfolio something I’m proud to show. As I continue with photography I plan to fine-tune my editing style and make it completely my own.

Comm 316 Photoshop image of a Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Poster Recreation created by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Photoshop image of a Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Poster Recreation created by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Post ProductioDuotone Editing in Photoshop, Post Production Photography duotone image by Merritt J. Jonesn Photography duotone image by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Post ProduDuotone Editing in Photoshop, Post Production Photography duotone image by Merritt J. Jonesction Photography duotone image by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 image of salt flats landscape photography by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 image of salt flats landscape photography by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Bracketed Island Park Landscape Photography by Merritt J. Jones

Comm 316 Bracketed Island Park Landscape Photography by Merritt J. Jones