Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Photo review: Composition examples, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
In the next couple of movies we're going to look at two different…sets of photographs and discuss how we can work with composition in order to…communicate something different.…So here in this first movie, we will go ahead and turn off the lights and we are…going to look at a slideshow of photographs.…Now these photographs are portraits I captured of Shawn Stussy.…Shawn is a really fascinating person, an amazing artist.…Well I am going to start off by taking a look at him in his studio.…So go ahead and take a look at this first image and here you can see him…surrounded by some of his tools on a workbench and he is constantly creating.…
I started off depicting Shawn inside window light and I like this, but I wanted…to create images that were a little bit more simple. I wanted to do something…that had a bit more of an edge to it.…We're right in front of his studio is a concrete wall and a concrete driveway.…Now visually it's not very interesting.…But I knew that it would allow for some interesting opportunities to communicate…
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