Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with locations, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
So far, we've taken a few minutes to talk a little bit about making…that connection with our subjects.…And in that context I discussed this whole idea that sometimes it's helpful to…use a shorter focal length lens so you can keep things natural and…conversational and close.…Well, here I want to transition from that topic to another and that is working…with the environment. And sometimes when you're including more in the environment,…you'll use a shorter focal length lens, but you'll just step back.…Or maybe you'll be just as close, but you'll use a wide-angle lens so that your…view is much more expansive. And there's something interesting that happens.…
When we can include more elements in the frame, it can somehow reinforce or tell…a different aspect of one person's story.…So let's go ahead and turn off the lights and look at a few pictures.…The first photograph that I want to show here is a world champion surfer Tom Curren.…And here you can see he is at the water's edge. The environment is important.…
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