Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Thinking outside the box, part of Family and Group Portraiture.
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From my newspaper and magazine background I know that it's important to always…get a photograph in the bag.…After I'm sure that I've covered the assignment then I allow myself to play a…little bit with the lighting, with the poses, with just try to breakout of the…creative box and get something kind of cool.…It might work, it might not, but unless you really try to expand your vision,…you might get kind of stuck in rut.…
Earlier in this course you saw me photographing the Rotary Club.…As they were walking out the door I noticed this beautiful streak of light…coming down and hitting the wall.…So I asked a couple of the women if they would mind coming back and posing…for me.…It was a beautiful shot and a lot different from what I really expected to get…out of the Rotary Club group shot.…During the family shoot the mom asked if I would get a picture of her and…her baby.…Well, by that time the baby was distracted by something that was going on in…the field behind him.…
So instead of just packing up my gear and leaving, I picked up my camera and…
The course discusses how to plan for a portrait photo shoot and how to make stylistic decisions regarding props, clothing, and makeup. Next, the course reviews the essentials of posing women and men, starting with a single subject, moving on to a couple, and then working up to large groups. The course also demonstrates how to pose and compose a group portrait in ways that highlight the relationships between group members, whether they're family members or business colleagues. Lastly, to illustrate the time constraints photographers often face, Natalie works against the clock to shoot a group of people she's never met.
The course also covers various postprocessing techniques geared specifically for portraiture, such as working with wrinkles and skin textures.