Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Avoid these common mistakes, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- As you gain more experience as a portrait photographer,…you'll discover that there are certain common mistakes…which are really easy to make…and being aware of what those mistakes are…is a good way to make sure that they don't happen to you.…So here, I want to review a handful of mistakes…that you want to make sure that you avoid.…The first mistake that I see happen over and over again…with my students is that their gear isn't ready…and then when they meet the subject,…they're fumbling with their gear,…they're a little bit nervous, the subject gets nervous…and it creates a downward spiral.…
So make sure that your gear is completely ready to go.…What I mean by that is the things…which I talked about previously…but you also just want to take a test shot…and look at it on the back of the camera.…Make sure that everything is fired up and ready to go.…The second common mistake is this,…is that someone will show up late.…It's really easy to do but what that can do…is it can create this tone or this mood or this mode…
In this course, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to shoot effective portraits in natural light—even when the light isn't great. Chris explains how to find the best light, use open shade to your advantage, and leverage the uniqueness of doorway light. He also goes into camera and lens considerations, creating better compositions, working with people, planning for a shoot, and tackling a live shoot. Plus, he shares some tips for earning income as a people photographer.
- Why back light is great for portraits
- Lighting from the side
- Using open shade to your advantage
- Working with dappled and window light
- Camera and lens considerations
- Choosing the right lens
- Creating better compositions
- Posing and directing subjects
- Preparing for a shoot
- Earning income as a people photographer
- Jumpstarting your professional delivery
Skill Level Intermediate
Learning Lighting: Natural Lightwith Erin Manning40m 58s Beginner
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiturewith Douglas Kirkland34m 46s Appropriate for all
Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York Citywith Chris Orwig1h 30m Appropriate for all
1. Find the Best Light
2. Camera Craft
3. Create Better Compositions
4. Working with People
Advanced tips9m 7s
5. Planning Ahead
6. Live Shoot
7. Turn Your Passion into Profit
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