Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Thinking about composition, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
Here we are out at this interesting location. It's a brisk and…breezy morning and whenever I arrive at a location I try to make sense of it.…First of course, you take it in and then you say well, how I can I…compositionally make sense of this scene? And here in this initial movie I want…to talk about composition from a conceptual perspective.…Then in the next movie we will look at how we can use composition in order to…create interesting photographs.…Now composition is really about framing.…So how do we create an interesting frame?…Because sometimes there is too much in it, there is too much clutter.…
What we can do often is say put a subject in the middle of frame. That feels nice to us,…it's easy to look at, but sometimes it's too static.…It's not very interesting.…On the other hand, we can follow a rule or a guide, the rule of thirds. …I am sure you have heard about it.…The rule of thirds is based on this ratio. It's this number Phi and what…mathematicians call this number is an irrational number.…
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