Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Photo review: Composition in print, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
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Well, while it's interesting to look at standalone photographs,…it's equally as important and interesting to look at photographs together, to…see how they relate to each other compositionally.…You know, a lot of times when you do work for a client, they use more than one photograph.…So learning how to fit different photographs together can really affect some of…your compositional decisions when you're out in the field making those images.…So the photographs that we are going to look at are bound together in this book.…They are made for a commercial client.…
What's interesting about this book is you will see these set of photographs…and we'll talk about their composition and how they relate to each other in this context.…So let's go ahead and take a look at this book.…In the first photograph, we're going to see a picture of that board.…Now I am trying to create an image compositionally that communicates a bit about…the surfer and the brand.…So I have the surfboard in focus.…He is out of focus and it's communicating enough.…
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