Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Film as a teacher: The medium-format film images, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
Chronologically, this was the last photograph that was made.…Yet there's another set of pictures that I want to review here in this movie.…Those are the photographs that were captured with that medium format film camera.…Whenever you are shooting with film, you create something a little bit…different or distinct.…So I want to talk about those separately.…When you're using a film camera, there's always a bit more anticipation or…excitement because you don't know really what you've got.…You are out there taking the pictures and you don't know if you've gotten…anything good or if you have gotten anything at all.…
When I tear open that envelope, this is the first image that I see. Ah!…When I see this, I breathe a sigh of relief. I am excited!…I like this picture.…It's quiet, simple.…He's standing on the line.…As I've mentioned before, when you're shooting with a film camera, it requires…that you slow down, that you stop to pay attention.…In a sense, I think of film as a great teacher.…It helps me slow down and observe things, observe what I might otherwise have missed.…
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