Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Photo review: An on-location family portrait, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
In the next couple of movies, we're going to review and evaluate…the photographs that were captured of the family.…Well, it all started out as we went downstairs and we were heading out towards this pier.…Well, as is the case with most families, it's difficult to get everyone going,…to keep people moving.…So I was downstairs waiting, and I was waiting with a few of the kids and we are…goofing around, skateboarding. We found this pumpkin and set it on his head.…Now at this point I'm trying to get familiar with this location.…
I'm thinking, how can I take advantage of this in-between moment before…everyone has arrived?…And also, I was asking myself, what kind of pictures do I want to make, color,…or black-and-white, stoick images, or funny photographs?…I didn't exactly know.…But I was looking for those little moments, like this one of this guy.…I love those big blue eyes.…Well, finally, everyone arrives.…And here we are walking out on this pier.…Now I've never been at this location, but I knew that I need to get people somewhere.…
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