Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Photographing a gymnast in the performance environment, part of Storytelling through Unconventional Portraiture.
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- Once Sasha returned from changing…and she had her performance outfit on,…it really stood out from a lot of the other performers…that I'd already photographed.…It was aesthetically a little bit different.…In my mind, it was kind of a Mad Max-y looking thing,…and it was monochromatic, which is nice…because we're already doing a black and white project.…So I was pretty excited just to photograph her because…I knew that her performance was going to be different,…just from what I had seen her do in her warm-ups,…and her outfit was already very different.…So we hopped right into it.…And since I hadn't seen her actual routine yet,…what I wanted her to do was actually set her up…with kind of a bland background.…
So I put her right up against the wall,…so it was nice and flat, so all I was focusing on…was her and her routine.…Because at this moment, I just need to learn…what it was she really did.…She had this apparatus that had three wooden blocks on it…on sticks, and I knew that she would stand on that…on her head, which I had seen out of the corner of my eye…
In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart shows how using different types of portrait photography and selecting subjects that visually add to the narrative can tell a full and colorful story.
- Scouting locations
- Posing portraits
- Emphasizing costume or clothing
- Sequencing portraits
- Building a portrait story