Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video The power of portraits, part of Narrative Portraiture: Foundations of Portraiture.
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You know it is part of human nature to be interested in pictures of…people and portraits are indeed valuable.…You know some of the most valuable photographs of all time are photographs of people.…One thing that's happened recently is since the digital revolution…more portraits of people have been taken than ever before in the…history of photography.…And a lot of times as photographers, as we start to talk portraiture we get…really excited about this modern body of work.…If you want to get good at taking pictures, we need to step back a little bit.…
We need to realize that portraits have been taken throughout the history of…humanity, ever since cave paintings or paintings in the middle ages, or say some…of those historic photographs, and what this means is that you and I have…something to say. You and I have something to contribute.…No matter where you live, no matter of young or old, introverted or extroverted,…we have a story to tell and portraits indeed matter. These stories matter.…One of my good friends who is a photographer, his name is Jim, he said to me,…
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