Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture
Illustration by John Hersey

Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture

with Chris Orwig

Video: Conclusion

Thanks for joining me on this photographic journey as we have explored how to build a foundation for creating narrative portraits. We have taken a look at how to work with lights, composition and gear, how to connect with our subjects, how to combine all of these elements and others in order to create honest and authentic natural light, pictures of people that are filled with story. Well, my hope for this first installment is that it's opened your eyes to the possibility of portraiture, that it's excited your imagination about creating your own pictures.

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1h 44m Beginner May 27, 2011

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In the Narrative Portraiture series, photographer and teacher Chris Orwig explores the use of elements such as location and natural light to create images that tell stories about their subjects and produce a strong emotional connection.

In this first installment, Chris lays the groundwork for the series. The course begins with a discussion of portraiture and the characteristics that make an effective, story-filled portrait. Chris then explains the importance of establishing a connection with a subject and identifying those details that will help tell his or her story. Next, he explores elements such as location, natural lighting, and composition. The course concludes with an exploration of gear: the creative options that various lenses and cameras provide, and techniques for shooting efficiently and unobtrusively.

Topics include:
  • The elements of narrative portraiture
  • Choosing locations and working with natural light
  • Connecting with your subject to better tell a story
  • Composition strategies
  • Choosing lenses and selecting gear for a shoot
  • Camera-handling tips
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Photography
Author:
Chris Orwig

Conclusion

Thanks for joining me on this photographic journey as we have explored how to build a foundation for creating narrative portraits. We have taken a look at how to work with lights, composition and gear, how to connect with our subjects, how to combine all of these elements and others in order to create honest and authentic natural light, pictures of people that are filled with story. Well, my hope for this first installment is that it's opened your eyes to the possibility of portraiture, that it's excited your imagination about creating your own pictures.

I want to sense this feels like the end, but in reality it's just a beginning, because in the future installments, we are going to put into practice all that we've learned and we are going to explore how can create pictures of people that have depth and story and meaning and purpose. So if you're ready to learn more, I invite you to join me as we continue to explore the world of narrative portraiture.

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