What a great portrait taken at the Tidal Basin by Flickr user xmeeksx. The model, styled with an old school paperboy cap and red lipstick, gives the image a chic vintage look. The decision to desaturate or mute the tones of the image enhances its overall mood and makes the viewer really ponder over the photograph. This effect can be accomplished in the post-production process using tools to adjust exposure, contrast, saturation, and clarity. To add additional ambiance you can play with the curves tool.
A candid moment captured perfectly by photographer Tom Mullins, who enhances the tension of his subject with his framing, surrounding her with big, contrasting swatches of natural textures.
You can see more of Tom’s excellent work in our music-themed exhibit, just one component of our big event at the National Cathedral this Saturday evening! There’s still space in our exclusive Gargoyles and Gutters tour on the eaves of the Cathedral. You’ll need to sign up here and get your $15 ticket for the Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles concert (you also get a free, local beer!). See you Saturday!
This is not a test. Do not adjust your internet. Thursday is the new home for Featured Instagrammers! The schedule change is part of a revamp of our newsletter, which will now be emailed every Friday instead of monthly. Moving Featured Instagrammers means we’ll have lovely, fresh images to include in our weekly missive! (Subscribe here)
We’ve picked a plethora of people portraits for your perusing pleasure this week. Don’t forget to tag your Instagrams #exposeddc for a chance to be included in a future post.
This portrait by photographer Kaitlin Jencso is a wonderful example of how to use odd lighting. The harsh overhead shed light creates a gorgeous mixture of highlights and shadows. It is highly contrasted but in parts the glow falls off her brother gradually.
The scarlet monochromatic image by Kate Warren is an incredibly striking portrait. In the corner, a small patch of green complements the red hue adding an element that briefly takes you away from the warm scene but then propels you back into it.