Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Gear considerations, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
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After I scout a location and start to previsualize some ideas or…think of some images that I want to create in that context,…the next step is to think about what gear do I want to bring?…One of the ways I like to think about gear is that your lenses have…different personalities.…And so kind of going through the lenses that I thought about working with first…was a wide-angle lens.…I love wide-angle lenses whenever you have lines or arcs or shapes.…I just think there is something intriguing about that and kind of opening up the…perspective, having that wider perspectivee, can kind of draw you in.…Now this lens is risky when photographing people.…
This is a 16-35 millimeter lens, because it there is going to be distortion when…you're shooting at anything really less than 35.…And you don't typically want distortion. Yet if you place a person near the…subject or the center of the frame there is going to be less distortion there.…So I'm kind of taking about that saying, this is risky, but it's a risk I want…
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