Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Seeing and working with natural light, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
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What an absolutely beautiful, beautiful afternoon!…The light is bright and beautiful and a lot of times we see scenes like this and…we just are taken away by the breathtaking beauty.…Yet, you take your sunglasses off and you can't really see straight.…It's almost like you start to get a headache because there's too much light.…One of the things that we need to do as portrait photographers is start to think…about how our light affects our subject.…And also, how we can light our subject in different way with natural…and available light?…And to do that, we have to become aware of the light that we have to work with.…
Now, some people will say, "You know what, my subject is light," and I say, with…portraits it's the other way around.…My subject is the person. And then it's how do I want to light that person?…What kind of light do I want to position them in, in order to tell a particular story?…Now there are those who say you should never take pictures at noon.…is too harsh, it's too much.…And that's true to a certain extent, but there are ways to work with it.…
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