Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Find the right fit, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- [Instructor] Let's continue our conversation…about composition, and here let's talk about…this whole idea of how we can fit…the subject within the frame.…Now fit is a really interesting topic.…Have you ever tried on a shirt or a jacket…and it just sort of felt awkward…and it wasn't quite right for you?…Well that fit might be something…which is good for someone else.…So fit is a very subjective matter,…but what we're trying to do is…to get that sense that the subject belongs.…Like when you put on that one jacket…or that shirt and you're like yeah, this is it.…
So how do we do that when…we're creating portraits?…I think one of the ways that we do that…is we really start to think about use of space.…Now this may mean that we have…the subject in the center of the frame,…like with the photograph here,…where the guy is holding the canoe,…but he fits right in this perfect spot.…Or my other friend, who is an artist,…and he's in this old barn.…He fits within the spot, and there's…space around the subject.…And as we look at these examples…
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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