Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Further inspiration, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
As we're approaching the close of this installment I thought it would be…worthwhile to take a few minutes to share with you some places that you can go,…some photographers that you can look at for further inspiration.…Now you may remember one of those introductory movies when I said one of our…goals in going to New York is to be inspired by this location, to become…familiar with New York, to learn from New York.…Another goal was to figure out how can we create portraits within this context.…Well, moving from that how then can we gain some inspiration from New York, and…from creating portraits here?…One of things that I think that we can do, is we can look to other great…photographers that were either born or raised or had their studios in New York.…
For example, Richard Avedon. Richard Avedon is a fascinating photographer. He has…a number of great books out.…And his photography is really strong.…And so often we look at photographs from guys like this online and what's…happens is when you look at a photograph online, typically you're multitasking.…
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