Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Variations on the story, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York City.
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After creating a photograph like this where Jared has such…charisma, such presence, you have to ask yourself, well, what else can I do…within this context?…What are other stories that I can tell, like with this frame?…It's a darker photograph.…More moody and dramatic.…It's in that same location, except now the sun is simply behind his back.…As the sun was rising, I was noticing that it was getting to be more direct, a…little bit more harsh.…Yet still there are pictures to be made within this context.…
Here Jared is standing in front of the bridge.…I like this photograph.…It's a quiet picture.…It almost looks as if there isn't anyone on the bridge.…Whenever you start to make pictures like this that you like, you experiment a little bit.…What else can you do?…Here he's looking off to the side.…Now the camera is positioned a bit lower.…I like how the cables are really going towards his head.…He is looking off to the side and then now back at me.…What about getting even closer?…What about a tighter, even more dramatic, and maybe exciting crop, moving in…
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