Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Get closer, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- This next composition tip that I want…to share with you is a quick one.…And this one is all about getting closer to your subject.…Figuratively and literally.…Let's look at a handful of images in order to…talk about this concept.…Here is a first photograph.…In this case, the subject's a little bit lost in the frame,…kind of off to that far edge.…If we just get a little bit closer…you can see it brings us into the frame,…into the narrative, tells a better story.…
And this works well when we have images…that are far off like this or even ones…when we're pretty close like with this family portrait here.…Sometimes you want to get closer with camera,…other times maybe after the fact.…Here I used lightroom in order to crop the image.…You can see that it just makes us a little bit…more engaged with the subject.…What that does as well is the subjects…a little bit higher in the frame.…Let me go backwards for a second.…Look at this one.…You can see it's a fine photograph…and we have them and the bridge in the background…
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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