Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing for the shoot, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- In this chapter, we will turn our attention towards…planning ahead and preparing for the portrait shoot.…Now there are two aspects to this.…One aspect is working with our gear and preparing that.…The other side is thinking through, "What is our vision?"…and how do we want to think about…what we actually want to create.…Let's first talk about gear.…Before the shoot, one of the things that you want to do…is make sure that your camera and lens is clean.…You also want to make sure that you've charged up your…batteries, that you have a fresh battery in your camera.…
Then I recommend you create some sort of system…to keep track of your batteries.…In other words, you have one bag…with all your fresh batteries,…and then once you've used those,…you position them, or put them in another bag.…Do the same thing with your media cards as well.…This is one that I use, but there are…many options out there.…I have my cards which are cleared and empty here,…and then once I've used them, I place them over here.…And the reason why you need to do things like 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 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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