Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video A down-to-earth approach to gear, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
When I was a kid I had this really cool T-shirt.…It's one of my favorite shirts.…It was a Spiderman shirt, and I liked it so much I hardly wore it.…As a matter of fact, I barely ever wore it, but one day I finally decided, this…was the day, this was the day where I was going to wear my Spiderman shirt and I…went to put it on and it was too small. And even as a little guy I remember…thinking about this concept that you know some things are just meant to be worn.…and the same thing is true with a camera,. It's meant to be used. It's so easy to…think about our camera gear this way:…well, it's expensive. You know, this cost me a lot of money.…
I may as well put it up on a shelf, put it in a glass case.…I don't want it to get dinged up or dirty.…We have to let go of that thinking, especially if you want to create great photographs.…I love bringing my camera with me wherever I go ,whether it's by water, out in…dirty locations, rain, snow, whatever. Because the camera is a tool, a tool…that's meant to be used.…
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