Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting a group portrait, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
This next segment of the shoot was really fun.…I talked with Jared about photographing he and his family.…Yet I knew that it was going to be difficult, because photographing one person…is pretty easy, but all of a sudden, when you have a family of individuals,…you have that family dynamic, you don't really know what that's going to be the like.…But one thing though that you do know is that whenever you're working with kids…they don't necessarily like being photographed.…You make these small steps towards that final goal.…
Now as you are making those small steps you have to think about what is the final goal.…Whenever you have a group of people, whether it's a rock band or a family,…typically the location has to be close to where you are.…It's really difficult to move people far distances, especially a family.…Chris Orwig: Now will you guys scoot out a little bit so you have more space?…You can't go be too close to each other. There we go.…Child: Come this way, Mark.…Yeah, yeah there we go! That's cool.…
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