Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating fashion photos with a unique style, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York with Rodney Smith.
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Are you ready for your next assignment idea?…Well, this one I think will be challenging and interesting.…Here is what it is.…The overarching idea is to create ten fashion photographs.…Now, let me explain what I mean by this.…You know, typically when we talk about fashion photography, we think of those…images that are really loud.…They are almost overdone; they are surreal.…Well, that's not what I want you to do; rather, I want you to try to create …fashion that's subtle, that's simple, perhaps maybe even authentic.…
What I want you to do is to try to create images where you're almost cultivating…the look, rather than forcing it.…You know, Rodney does this a lot in his work; like with this picture here,…they're wearing nice clothes--…it is indeed a lot about fashion--but the details of the fashion don't speak too loudly.…There are more layers.…There's more going on.…So again, we are going to try to create ten photographs, and I want to do this…in two sets of five.…Now, for the first pictures, again, create and think about photographs or…
The course begins with a wide-ranging conversation between Chris and Rodney, during which they discuss Rodney's work, his approach to photography and models, his love of film and of black and white, and the importance of creating photographs that both ask questions and tell stories. Next, Chris tours Rodney Smith's studio, including the darkroom, to get more familiar with Rodney before photographing him.
Chris then takes a series of portraits of Rodney. Along the way, he reviews his gear choices and the compositional decisions he makes, and discusses the importance of committing photographs to paper, particularly in today's digital age. Finally, Chris reviews the images and shares some insights from his conversation with Rodney.