Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Seizing golden opportunities, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
Some of the most exquisite and wonderful light of all time is that…light that happens at the end of the day as the sun starts to set.…It's that golden hour, it's that magic hour, and it's when everything…really comes to life.…And some of the most powerful photographs of all time are photographs of people.…You bring those two things together and it happens. I mean that is it! Or is it?…I have a photography student who was getting good, I mean he was taking some…powerful portraits, and he was winning contests and his skill was just-- it was strong.…
He was creating portraits that had value, that had meaning, and he was taking a…trip home, he was flying home to South Africa the visit with his family and he…went home and one of his goals was to take a portrait of his dad and create a…good portrait of him.…He got back from his trip and one of his friends at Brooks said, "So did you get…that picture of your dad?"…He said, "No, I didn't the light was never right, it was never good enough"…and the sad part of the story is that a few weeks later he found out that his dad died.…
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