Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing the right lens, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- The gear which most directly affects…the way your portraits look is the lens.…And so, here I want to talk a little bit about…the differences of our lenses,…the personality of our lenses,…so that we can figure out which lens…we might want to use…in order to create a certain type of photograph.…Now, to keep things simple,…I want to distill lenses into a few different categories.…So, this is a little bit of an over-simplification…but we have lenses which are more wide angle.…Those allow us us to capture a little bit more of the scene.…We have ones which are a little bit more…of a normal focal length, like a 50 millimeter,…that's, in a sense, how the eye sees the world.…
Then we have our telephoto focal length lenses,…say like 70 to 200.…And those allows us to get closer to the scene…than is really possible with our own eyes.…Now, when it comes to the characteristics…of these lenses,…the first thing that's really important to think about…is that each of these lenses…have a different angle of view.…What I mean by that is this:…
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 Manning41m 2s Beginner
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiturewith Douglas Kirkland34m 50s 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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