Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Photo review: Working with light, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
Well it's one thing to see lights. It's another thing to find…it and work with it.…Here what I want to do is take a look at a handful of photos from some different…photo shoots and explore how we can find and work with lights.…Let's go ahead and turn off the lights and take a look at some images.…Well in this first photograph we are going to see a picture that I took for a…person who is a lead role in a film. And we're there meeting up in his house as…he was putting his shoes on in the hall. I thought it was kind of interesting context.…
You can see it's lit by the window.…We actually made some fascinating photos here in this scenario, but what I…wanted to do was get outside.…So we got outside and we went down in the front of his house and I noticed that…there is white driveway, white concrete.…When I saw that I thought okay, this is perfect.…We went and opened his garage and hung a little drop cloth behind him and that…white concrete is going to bounce light back up on to the subject.…As you can see in this next photo this is the type of image that we can make.…
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