Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Photo review: Variations on a theme, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
After I created this photograph, I knew that there is more work to be done.…More pictures to be made.…One of the little guys, one of the boys, liked working with my camera.…So at one point, I handed it to him, and here he is taking a photograph of his family.…And he became my sidekick of sorts and we had a lot of fun taking pictures of…different things, of his family, sometimes of each other.…And one of the things that this did for me is it created a bridge to his family.…
It helped me to create photographs I couldn't have otherwise captured, because…in a sense, he really was a collaborator. He was on my side.…It was a connection point.…Well, we started to make some pictures and I knew that I need to make something happen.…When you're working with a family, you have to provide some direction.…You have to bring people together.…So I asked the dad and his boys to walk over to the end of the pier with their…instruments and play a song.…Remember, previously it was just the dad and the two boys.…
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