Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting closer, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
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Chris Orwig: Because that music --…Jared Mason: Shake... baby shake!…Chris Orwig: Yeah, keep going.…That one, that's the one they do at the end?…Jared Mason: Yeah, they just go shake? baby shake!…Chris Orwig: Good music is contagious. You can't help but sing, sing along with it.…And one of the things that I liked about photographing Jared on the bridge was…in a sense the bridge is a big stage and Jared is a performer of sorts.…And if ever you're working with someone, say an athlete, you want to ask them…about the sport that they play.…If it's an artist ask her about the paintings that she makes.…
And by doing that you are in a sense get into the essence of who they are.…You are connecting perhaps on a different level.…Now, this concept is taught in every introductory photography course.…Get closer, get closer, get closer.…Many people take this to mean, okay, I need to physically move closer and that's…only half the truth. The other half is how do I get closer emotionally, how do I…connect with this person as a human being?…
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