Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video What kinds of portraits do you want to take?, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
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You know the question that comes after what makes a portrait good…is what kind of portraits do you want to make?…And I would like to talk about this question in the context of…discussing Arnold Newman.…Now if you're not familiar with him, he was a phenomenal photographer.…Many people refer to him as the father of modern environmental portraiture.…It was his passion to get out of the studio and to get into the world and to…photograph his subjects in their context. And he went on to say, "We don't take…pictures with our cameras, but with our hearts." He continued.…
He said, "I don't think people should try to take pictures like my pictures" and…I'm paraphrasing here.…He said, "I take these pictures because of who I am."…In other words, we need to take pictures because of who we are.…Now I'm not just talking about the positive things.…I like what Sam Abell, the National Geographic photographer, once said to me.…He said, "Chris, you can gain a lot of inspiration from the negative" and what he…
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