Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Packing the essential gear for a shoot, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
So far we have taken a few minutes to talk conceptually about gear.…Here I want to do something a little bit different.…You know previously we had all the gears set out on that table.…Well, what are the essential elements that you really want to bring with you…when you're going on a shoot and when you are packing your bags?…So here I want to open my bag pack and show you my essential gear items.…One of the things that you will notice with this is that my pack is pretty small…and I'm just going to bring the absolute essentials.…
On this camera body, I have a 50 mm lens. Next I have 70-200 and 85 and 16-35.…Well if you ever heard one of those questions where someone says, if you're going…to be deserted on an island and could only bring one item what would it be?…Well, if I were to apply that say to my essential gear bag and perhaps spin…it in a different way and if the question was, if you could only bring three…lenses what would they be,…well, I think the first lens that I would remove is this one here the 85.…
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