Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Composition and the story, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
Here we are going to take a few minutes to talk about how we can…use composition to create and tell interesting stories.…We are in a fascinating location.…We have some good train tracks and this old train bridge.…We are going to explore how we can work with our camera in order to try to…create or tell a story in this context.…Now whenever I get the context I start to try to observe what do I have to work with.…Whenever you have roads or lines or the train tracks like this and you have these…interesting reading lines,…I think I need to do something with that, so I start to experiment with my camera.…
Now sometimes you can experiment or move your camera in a way that becomes a…little bit awkwad and we have to think about the edges of our frames. zyou can…cut something off, it's almost like a knife, and if there's something on the edge…it's just disoriented.…So we then have to reposition what we're doing to make it look a little bit more…appealing, to let the viewer relax a little bit.…Now we want to think about our subject matter and brightness value. What are on those edges?…
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