Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Photo review: Capturing authenticity at home, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
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As I mentioned previously, we had the privilege of being invited to Jared's home.…And here we're going to take a few minutes reviewing some of the photographs…that were made in that environment.…This is one of the first pictures that I captured.…I was really impressed and surprised by the colors of their home.…I love this painting.…it was so vibrant and full of life.…And I liked it even more as I discovered that each and every family member…contributed to making it, and it was a centerpiece of their home. That spoke volumes.…
There also was Jared's wife, Nonie, a fascinating person.…I want to capture some pictures of her.…She was a big part of who Jared is.…I also needed to get some of those behind the scene photos of Jared in his…element, in his practice space.…Those photographs that you can only get when someone is really at ease.…Now we also asked Jared and Nonie to play some music, play one of their…songs, and they obliged.…And they have so much fun playing and making music. It was a treat to get to…
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