Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Why back light is great for portraits, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- [Narrator] In this movie, I want to begin to take a look…at how we can work with back light.…Now as we talked about previously,…back light is where we have a subject…and we have a light source behind the subject.…Now the trick with any type of light source is this,…we tend to think of it as one thing, but in reality…it's many different things.…So here I'm going to go ahead and clip through…a slideshow of images and what we'll see in these images…is that we can capture back light…out in the ocean of a good friend,…on the edge of a beach,…we can have back light that has a little bit more of…a mild color temperature…or one which is really deep, rich, and warm…or even a cooler color temperature as well.…
We can use back light more of silhouette scenario like this…or perhaps more of a direct portrait.…Like in this portrait here on the left, this is…Douglas Kirkland an amazing photographer,…you can see that the color temperature is much more white.…That's because he's in a white room but his back…is to the light source there.…
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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