Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Directing the subject, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
Chris Orwig: There comes a point in almost every photo shoot where you kind of…want to turn a corner.…You want to make something happen. It's game time, want to turn up the heat.…And I wanted to try to create an expression that said something.…And then what I want you to do at this one is kind of confront the camera, and I…don't know what that means, but like an expression like that says something.…
And it was my attempt to try to give some open-ended direction.…He could interpret that a number of different ways.…When I thought it was so great is he said, okay, I'm going to confront the…camera, but I don't want to try too hard.…Okay, let's see some more of that.…Jared Mason: I don't want to try too hard.…Chris Orwig: Yeah, yeah.…Jared Mason: But I mean I could ham it up whatever.…Chris Orwig: Yeah, hamming's good.…Jared Mason: Is it?…Chris Orwig: It is good!…Jared Mason: What I mainly think of is this yoga position.…
Chris Orwig: Yeah, let's try that.…He was teaching me something and I can then use that the next time I'm…
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