Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Posing and positioning your subject, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
So far we have taken some time to talk about composition.…How we can use different types of composition to create different stories, to…tell different aspects of a particular location.…Well, there is another advantage to using composition and that is to position…your subject in a unique way.…For example, you can have your subject stand here or you could have them perhaps…move next to a railing.…When they do that, what it does is it allows them to move and if they have…something to set their hand on, it can be really helpful.…So if there's something they can do with their hands, get them moving,…reposition them, so that it allows some some of that tension that we all hold in our…bodies when we stand in front of a camera, to go.…
Well, we want to come up with some devices to reposition people,so that they…move, so that they breathe.…And another thing you can do with their hands is just say, hey, put your…hands behind your back. Or if you are standing in the spot, where would you…naturally put your hands or cross your arms. Even if you don't want a picture…
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