Foothill Technology High School

Photography: Portraiture Project


Portraiture 2016-2017

1684 new photos · Album by FTHS Filmmaking

Portraiture 2013-2014

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Portraiture 2010

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Portraiture 2009

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Archive: Portraiture 2008

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Annie Liebovitz

56 new photos · Album by FTHS Filmmaking


Herb Ritts

42 new photos · Album by FTHS Filmmaking

Richard Avedon

96 new photos · Album by FTHS Filmmaking

Howard Schatz

35 new photos · Album by FTHS Filmmaking


“Most of my pictures are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape that I guess you’d call the human condition.”


Mark Seliger

38 new photos · Album by FTHS Filmmaking


A gallery featuring a selection of portraits by Irving Penn.


During his career, Karsh held 15,312 sittings and produced more than 250,000 negatives. This Selected Archive contains a fraction of photographs from his body of work. As you type, the search bar below returns subjects’ names from this Selected Archive only. You can search the entire database in the Sittings section.



Annie Leibovitz

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Mark Seliger




The Portraiture project is designed to allow each student to experiment with the creation of portraits and develop a style of photographic expression.
The Portraiture Project is designed to encourage/force pre-planning. As such, 95% of the work for the project will be done “pre-shoot” and “in camera.”What this means is that it will be up to the photographer to setup the background, lights/lighting, makeup and props.Images may be retouched in Photoshop and Lightroom. Images may have a tint applied to them such as sepia, brown or blue; this must improve the image quality. Do not use extreme filtering in Photoshop.

It is highly recommended that each student contact friends or family who they think will work well as models.Suggest clothing styles, makeup, props, time of day, and most of all; explain to the model the type of image that you are attempting to make.If a particular photographer’s style or specific photograph is being attempted, print out a copy to show the model for reference. Communication is key in the success of working with your model or models.


100 minimum unedited (20 points)

20 edited portraits (200 points)

All images must be of people, and the faces need to be seen; no silhouette images


It is recommended that the final images be of at least two different people, preferably of both sexes. Do not include more than two people in a shot.  The majority of the images need to only include one person. Create a small cache of people who have agreed to be photographed, no strike that- WANT to be photographed. If the person doesn’t want to be photographed-like blood from a stone. Creating great portraits will be difficult and time consuming, plan accordingly.

 It is recommended that each student experiment with both studio light, (artificial/modified) and natural light, (ambient). The only images allowed to be shot on campus are with the studio lighting.  Otherwise, please find locations that will make for interesting backgrounds.  Please consider throwing the background out of focus using shallow depth-of-field.

Here is an example of how changes in lighting create an entirely different looking image:



  1. Unedited RAW files, (at least 1000  (20 points) Due 11/28
  2. The final images 20 images (200 Points) 12/6
  3. Final images MUST be in JPG format at highest, (12) quality. 
  4. Unedited images should be RAW files, (Canons create CR2 files and Nikon creates NEF)



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