Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Post-processing techniques , part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
I am passionate about photography and that passion definitely…extends to my postproduction workflow as well.…That's a little bit of what I want to talk about here.…Some of the post-processing techniques that were used on these images.…Sometimes when you open up one of your photographs on a computer, you're just…starting to get to know it.…You're asking yourself, well, what do I need to do?…Well, with many of the color pictures, I didn't need to do very much at all,…Here we're at this great location, this fascinating subject.…
So the picture like this, all that I wanted to do was to boost the contrast and…color just to make it a bit more vivid.…In other situations, perhaps you are going to do the opposite.…With this picture, which I like, I like the composition.…I like how it's framed by the bridge.…I noticed that the color was a little bit distracting.…My eye kept going towards the shoes or the blue tape or the blue sky.…With this picture, I want to create something that was a little bit more timeless.…
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