Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing lenses, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
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In the previous movie, we talked about camera bodies.…The camera bodies are interesting because what we'll do is typically have a…camera body for two, three, or maybe four years and then we'll upgrade.…In comparison, lenses we will have for many years 10, 20, maybe even 30 years.…So when it comes to making that little extra investment, lenses are worth it.…In regards to portraiture, we have some different options and the lens that…we use or the lenses that we choose really depends upon the story that we want to tell.…
So what I want to do here is just talk about some of these different options and…then at the end of this movie, give you a few recommendations.…Well, for starters in this group here on the left, I have some wide-angle…lenses. I have a fisheye, a 16 to 35 mm lens, and a 35mm lens.…Those wider lenses are great when you want to tell kind of a larger story.…Maybe it's the artist in our studio and you want the whole studio in the frame and…it's her in that context.…Well, really you want some kind of a wide-angle lens to tell that type of story.…
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.
- 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