Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding camera bodies, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
So what do we want to consider when we're thinking about using a…camera body with portraiture?…Well, here on this table, I have a couple of different options, ranging from 35…millimeter format here. We have some point- and-shoot or plastic or toy cameras here.…I have a medium format camera and then my grandfather's camera I'll talk about…it a little bit later, and then over here a large format camera.…Now when thinking about portraiture, one of things that we want to think about…is how that camera body affects the subject.…
Now if I am to pull out say a little plastic toy camera like this one over here,…well, it's going to do something different to the subject.…It's going to cause a different reaction or create a different reaction, then…say if I am to pull out a different camera, or if I am to set up this large format…camera here that's made out of brass and wood.…So, as we think about camera bodies, yes, we have to think about technology,…mega-pixels, ISO, light- sensitivity. Things like that.…
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