Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Connecting with your subject, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
Here we are at Brooks Institute, the photography school where I teach.…In this chapter, we are going to head on into the classroom and view a few…slideshows of photographs in order to discuss some important ideas and concepts…that we can consider as we're striving to make portraits that are full of…story, depth, and meaning.…Let's go ahead and head on into the classroom.…One of the reasons why I wanted to head into a classroom was to take a few…minutes to look at some photographs and to talk about some ideas and concepts…that can be helpful when you're trying to create portraits of people that tell stories.…
In this first movie we are going to focus in on making the connection,…the connection between the subject and the photographer.…I want to show you a set of pictures that are all captured in a similar way.…In all of these pictures, I'm using either a 50 or 85 mm focal length lens.…Now why does that matter?…Well, as a photographer it allows me to work close.…I'm only one or two arms length away from the subject.…
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