Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Further resources, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
Before we wrap things up, I thought it would be helpful to…share with you a few resources that I think will help you grow and develop as a photographer.…You know at the photography school where I teach, it's quite common that what…we'll do is we'll set books out on a crate rack or on a desk in front of the class.…We'll do this to point out a few books that might be helpful resources to help…people dig a little bit deeper into who they are and to how they see into…the photographs they create.…So in this case, I have some books out on this crit rack that have influenced me.…
Now there are a few different types of books and I want to highlight a handful of these.…For example there is a book which is just an art book on portraiture. One of the…things that I found is to get good at Portraiture in photography. We have to…look outside of photography. We have to dig deeper into other types of art.…Now this is one book among many and the whole point of having it here again…is just to get you to think about what other type of art can I look to for inspiration?…
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