Wedding Photography for Everyone: Bridal Portraits
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Wedding Photography for Everyone: Bridal Portraits

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Video: A roadmap overview to the course

We have an exciting educational adventure ahead of us. And because of that, here I thought it would be helpful to provide you with a bit of a road map overview of what lies ahead. You know this course is part of larger series, Wedding Photography For Everyone. And in the first installment of our series, we focused in on the basics, on the fundamentals. And there we brought up this whole idea that you can divide a wedding up into different phases or stages. Well here in this course, we're going to focus in on one of those phases and this is bridal portraiture, and typically bridal portraits they happen before or after the ceremony. And frequently you have a very limited amount of time in order to craft and create these very important pictures.
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  1. 4m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. A roadmap overview to the course
      2m 31s
  2. 18m 5s
    1. The art and craft of bridal portraiture
      4m 27s
    2. Crafting a vision
      2m 27s
    3. Evaluating the gear: Is it good enough?
      1m 58s
    4. Choosing your essential gear
      4m 22s
    5. Considering other gear
      2m 6s
    6. Working with an assistant
      2m 45s
  3. 12m 49s
    1. Introducing location
      1m 41s
    2. The art of previsualization
      5m 40s
    3. Scouting the location
      5m 28s
  4. 7m 12s
    1. Getting ready and capturing candid moments
      2m 8s
    2. Photographing the details
      2m 2s
    3. Setting the tone with a conversational approach
      3m 2s
  5. 18m 24s
    1. Using natural locations
      1m 20s
    2. Working with window light
      2m 32s
    3. Working with open shade
      2m 3s
    4. Sitting versus standing
      2m 24s
    5. Working with poses, posture, and poise
      3m 35s
    6. The importance of authentic eye contact
      2m 7s
    7. Using the bouquet in the shoot
      2m 20s
    8. Working with multidirectional natural light
      2m 3s
  6. 21m 45s
    1. Capturing images that are quirky and fun
      2m 42s
    2. Introducing props
      2m 46s
    3. Working with props
      3m 28s
    4. Taking images with a vintage truck
      2m 53s
    5. Working with the makeup artist
      5m 7s
    6. Looking at the dress and veil options
      1m 29s
    7. Working with a backlit scene
      3m 20s
  7. 2m 6s
    1. Understanding the rhythm of the shoot
      1m 18s
    2. Wrapping up the shoot
      48s
  8. 8m 55s
    1. The quality and feeling of natural light
      1m 38s
    2. Working with the bride
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing mistakes and lessons learned
      3m 20s
    4. Reviewing tips for working with natural light
      2m 37s
  9. 44m 28s
    1. Reviewing what worked and what didn't
      11m 1s
    2. Reviewing images from the beginning of the shoot
      5m 23s
    3. Reviewing images from the middle of the shoot
      5m 49s
    4. Reviewing the end of the shoot
      6m 15s
    5. Reviewing the film images
      3m 45s
    6. Comparing before and after
      7m 29s
    7. Making selects: A few words of advice
      4m 46s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Reviewing final tips for bridal portraits
      2m 54s
    2. Exploring the next steps
      1m 29s

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Watch the Online Video Course Wedding Photography for Everyone: Bridal Portraits
2h 22m Intermediate Mar 26, 2013

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Learn to capture the personality of a bride and the energy and emotion of the moment during a wedding photography session. In this course, photographer, teacher, and author Chris Orwig shares his creative insights for shooting authentic and beautiful bridal portraits. The course begins with details on preparation: talking with the bride about her desires for the portrait, and scouting the location to find the best places to shoot. Next, Chris photographs a bride, illustrating techniques for lighting and employing props to help relax the subject and add fun and energy to the photograph. The course concludes with a review of the photos and some ideas for further inspiration.

Topics include:
  • Crafting a vision with the bride
  • Choosing gear
  • Scouting the location
  • Photographing details
  • Working with window light and open shade
  • Refining the subject's poses, posture, and poise
  • Knowing when to make eye contact
  • Reviewing images from the shoot
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Chris Orwig

A roadmap overview to the course

We have an exciting educational adventure ahead of us. And because of that, here I thought it would be helpful to provide you with a bit of a road map overview of what lies ahead. You know this course is part of larger series, Wedding Photography For Everyone. And in the first installment of our series, we focused in on the basics, on the fundamentals. And there we brought up this whole idea that you can divide a wedding up into different phases or stages. Well here in this course, we're going to focus in on one of those phases and this is bridal portraiture, and typically bridal portraits they happen before or after the ceremony. And frequently you have a very limited amount of time in order to craft and create these very important pictures.

So here, what we're going to do is a live photo shoot. We're going to do a live photo shoot in this sense we're going to stretch out time, slow things down. In order to bring up complexity, variety, and different strategies that we can then take when we're trying to create good bridal portraits. And you know, we're doing this intentionally, and here's why. No two weddings are alike. Some weddings are very simple, they're in someone's back yard. Others are very elaborate. So what I want to do is introduce different strategies that we can use when working with natural and available light that will work regardless with the type of wedding that we're photographing.

You'll also discover that we'll be working with one of my good friends, Cara. Cara is engaged to be married in two short months, and she'll be our bride. And in a sense I mention that because what we're doing is we're practicing bridal portraiture, and this is something that any of us can do. When it comes to getting good at wedding photography, practice really makes perfect. And one of the things that you'll encounter in this course that as we practice, we'll go out on location, capture and create interesting photographs in different scenarios, different lighting situations. Then we'll also come back here to the studio, and we'll talk about what we've done, we'll reflect back on our photographs.

In other words we'll do both of these things in order to become better wedding photographers. Now as we go out on location, we're going to explore how to work with that location and also how to work with our bride Cara, and how to work with our theme which is vintage nautical. And that's why we have all of these items here. So as we go out on this journey, one of the things that you'll discover is that some of the movies will be fun to just sort of watch. You'll kick back and enjoy them. Others, you'll want to scribble and take down notes. Well, our educational adventure will begin as we look at how we can plan ahead before a bridal shoot.

And we'll pick that up in the next chapter, so I'll look forward to seeing you there.

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