Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting with window light, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
So far we have taken some time to explore how we can work…with light outside.…Well now I am going to take a few minutes to come indoors.…You know there are some fascinating things that we can do with light inside, in…particular with windows.…And if you position someone next to a window, it will put them at ease.…Ask them to look outside and they will enjoy that process. We like being near windows.…Even more, if you can find a window where the light isn't directional, in other…words where the sun isn't pouring through,…you will notice that the light is exquisite, it's soft, and you can get…creative with this location.…
For example, right now there is a bit of a side of me which is a bit brighter.…There is a bright side and a shadow side.…Have someone step away from the window and maybe faced at an angle and the light…becomes a little bit more even, perhaps a bit more soft.…You can work with window light in just fascinating ways.…Again, have someone really close to that window and then look away.…
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