Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Challenge: In their element, part of 5-Day Photo Challenge: Portraiture.
- Hi, my name is Chris Orwig, and welcome to challenge number three. I'm really excited about this challenge. This one's all about photographing someone in their element. What I mean by that is, what you wanna do is think about your own passions and interests, and then try to find someone who maybe shares one of those passions and interests, and then photograph that person in their element. For example, I love the sport of surfing. I love the ocean. It's so beautiful out here today. What I like to do is to photograph surfers right at the water's edge. Let me show you a few pictures that I've captured in the past, a few examples of this.
Here you can see with these photographs, the people are in their element, they're in their zone. One of the reasons why you want to try to create a picture like this is it puts someone at ease. For example, let's say that you're really into golfing. Well, if you ask a golfer just to stand there, they're gonna stand there kind of awkward and not know what to do. Give them a golf club, have them hang it over their shoulder, and they'll be much more relaxed. And that's what I want you to do. Whether your interest is surfing or golf or woodworking, whatever it is, find someone who has a passion and photograph them in the context where they're in their element.
Now, the goal for this challenge is to create two different types of images. The first image I want you to capture is one which is a bit more pulled back, which shows more of the environment, more of the scene, and then next get up close and capture a strong and intimate portrait. Now, as you think about capturing pictures like this, I also want you to keep in mind, I want you to work with the location that you have, the town where you live. And to kind of highlight that point, I want to read a quote from August Sander. He was a photographer who lived in Germany, and one of the things he said is this: "I hate nothing more than a sugary photograph "with tricks, poses, and effects, "so allow me to be honest "and to tell the truth about our age and its people." And I love that.
I hate nothing more than a sugary photograph. This challenge isn't about creating sugary photographs or flattery, rather it's about creating a picture which is honest, which reveals a bit about the person and their character and their passions and interests. And the other thing that's great about August Sander is he didn't travel to a far-off land to capture the images, rather he started where he was. And that's what I want you to do. All right, well, have fun capturing these images. Again, it's all about photographing someone in their element. Be sure to post those images on social media and use that hashtag.
That one is #5DayPhoto. So fun to see all the photographs that people are posting. And more than anything, good luck and have fun.
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