Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Collaborating with the subject, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
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Chris Orwig: What are the ages of the kids?…Jared Mason: Uh, 9, 8 and 3.…Chris Orwig: Yeah, right there. 9, 8, 3, okay.…Chris Orwig: And they are all into music too, right?…Jared Mason: Yes. Chris Orwig: They have the --…Jared Mason: Yeah, if they apply themselves, they will be playing circles around me in no time.…Chris Orwig: That's great!…After you get through the first few images, one of the next things that you want…to try to do is to figure out how you can work your way towards the area where…you really want to create photographs.…
So in this case, I knew we needed to travel across the bridge.…Chris Orwig: Yeah.…Jared Mason: So, maybe that prompted them, the classical string instruments. …Chris Orwig: Yeah.…Jared Mason: Warm, mellow, rich instruments.…Chris Orwig: I also noticed that Jared had brought this really colorful jacket.…And whenever someone brings something to a shoot, you jump on it.…You take advantage of it.…Because the best portrait shoots I believe are collaboration between the…
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.
- Engaging the subject
- Scouting a location
- Handling gear on location
- Taking advantage of natural light
- Planning and storyboarding before a shoot
- Working with props and groups