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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 installment of the series, Chris shows how to incorporate aspects of a location, such as architecture, natural light, and even passersby, to create authentic, story-filled portraits.
The course begins with a photo shoot on the Brooklyn Bridge. Chris emphasizes the importance of directing and collaborating with a subject and of being responsive to changing lighting and location conditions. After the shoot, Chris discusses the preparation that goes into on-location shoots, from choosing camera gear to storyboarding. Next, he reviews the images from the shoot and mentions the post-processing techniques that he employed to make them more effective. The course also includes several assignments aimed at reinforcing the concepts Chris describes.
The course concludes with an on-location family portrait shoot and a look at the special considerations that go into group shots.
Thanks for joining me on this photographic journey as we've explored a photo shoot from start to finish. We've looked at everything, from those previsualized ideas that we create with storyboards, to working with gear, connecting with our subject, working with light and a really complicated, yet interesting location. We reviewed pictures and also talked a little bit about post-production techniques that we can use to further our vision for those photographs. Now my hope has been that throughout the entirety of this course, you have picked up a few ideas and techniques that you can integrate into your own workflow.
I also hope that those assignments will be helpful. That's where you get to put into practice everything that you've learned. Well, if you're ready for more, I invite you to view the bonus chapter where I'll go and visit with Jared and his family. I will create some pictures of them as a group. We will also review those pictures and I'll share with you another assignment that you can use in order to further your skills. Well finally, in closing, thanks for joining me on this photographic journey and bye for now!
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