Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Scouting the location, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
Chris Orwig: One of things that is so critical when creating portraits is to…think about location, because location can tell so much of the story.…Also it can create a certain mood or ambiance or put someone at ease or make…them a little bit on edge.…And here with this photo shoot, the location I decided on was the Brooklyn Bridge.…Now the Brooklyn Bridge is an icon.…It's really interesting, fascinating structure.…So one of the things I'm always thinking about with someplace that is public…is that it's going to be difficult to shoot out, because there is going to be a lot going on.…What happens a lot of times in public places like that is that you either have…really bad photographs or incredibly good images.…
The Brooklyn Bridge has these fascinating leading lines that are lying on the…middle. There is all the wires and the cables and the railing.…And here I am photographing Jared Mason. So I'm thinking of myself Jared on…Broadway is center stage and this leading lines, I couldn't really keep…
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