Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Use open shade to your advantage, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- Another type of light which is wonderful for portraiture…is open shade.…One of the reasons why this light is so nice…is because you can find it anywhere, any time of day,…anywhere in the world, really.…And so let's talk about how we can work with this.…In this first image, you can see…that we have a subject standing in front of the building.…Now the building is blocking the direct sun.…So there she is in this open shade environment.…The image on the right, you can see I just…moved close in order to capture an image there.…And what you can do with open shade…is you can work really freely…and you can also capture different types of images.…
Here we have open shade where it's…a little bit more of a warmer tone image,…the other one, it's a little bit of a cooler tone.…It's still that same lighting environment.…Here's a picture of my wife and daughter…after a ballet practice, and some other photographs as well.…All captured in this environment…where we have this open shade.…Now, one of the challenges with open shade…
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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