Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting from the side, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- [Instructor] Another type of light that we can work with…is called side light, and that's where the sun…is coming from the side of the subject,…and as you can see in this first photograph,…it's really clear.…We have the sun coming from this side.…There's a light side, and there's a dark side.…I want to show you some photographs,…and also talk about how we can work with side light,…and as you look at these photographs,…sometimes it will be really obvious,…other times maybe a bit more subtle.…Like here, you can see there is an illuminated…side of the frame, just that little hint…of sunshine coming from the right side…of the frame in this picture.…
In this one, you can see it, perhaps on the dad…in this family portrait here.…You can see his face, one side is lit,…the other side is dark.…Here are a couple photographs of my kids…down at the beach, and again, we see…that side light coming in.…In this case, you can see their shadows going off…to an angle, and it's much more subtle,…but there is definitely a side which is brighter,…
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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