Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Posing and directing subjects, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- Alright, well now that we've talked about…a couple of ideas in regards to building rapport…and gaining trust with our subjects,…the next thing we need to think about is how we can pose.…Now, posing's a really interesting topic.…It has to do with the way someone is sitting or standing,…their expression, their posture.…So I want to start off with a few essential ideas…and then move on to a couple of expert tips.…Alright, in regards to these ideas,…the first one is all about this idea of mirroring.…Now, we have to keep in mind that we essentially are…the mirror that our subject is looking at…so if we show up to a shoot…and we're kind of light on our feet…and bubbly and excited and happy and we're ready to go,…well, the subject will pick up on that.…
We're feeling kind of quiet and sad and melancholy,…they're going to reflect that as well.…If your subject's slouching,…well, sometimes the way you can get them out of that…is just sit up straight yourself…or kind of stand up straight and take a breath.…You are the mirror for your subjects.…
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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