Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Photo review: Lighting examples, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
Well here what we're going to do is take some time and look at a…few images, which will show us some of the variety of ways that we can work with…natural and available light.…You know, photographers are fond of getting together and showing photographs,…whether in a theater or in a classroom and looking at those.…I think this can be a really helpful way to gain some insight and some knowledge…and even a bit of inspiration, especially when it comes to light.…So here we're to go ahead and turn off the lights and view a few photographs.…One of the first photographs that we're going to look at is a photograph of one…of my colleague's office.…
Now he's not present, but sometimes I find it interesting to try to create a…portrait of a person without the person in the frame, and that's what I'm trying to do here.…Well, more important to our conversation is light.…Here we can see his office is simply lit by that window.…Now window light provides us really nice, soft light, and we're going to take a…
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