Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Photographing a performer in a rehearsal space, part of Storytelling through Unconventional Portraiture.
- I got invited to go to a circus school…in Mendocino that teaches young students,…mainly high schoolers, how to do aerial arts.…Whenever you're invited into somebody's…home or place of business, or in this situation,…a school, I rarely say no because it's a special…thing to be invited into somebody's space.…Once the students stopped doing their performance,…I met up with a woman named Holly,…who's an aerial performer as well.…I photographed her doing some aerial work…on what they call a "hoop", which is…elevated about 15 feet in the air.…
And looking around the room, I kept thinking about,…what's my background going to be?…There was a lot of clutter on the walls.…I really wanted to focus on Holly,…and not what was behind her.…So, the first thing I noticed when I came in…is that the space is really busy,…and it's really cool, and it's a classroom.…But for me, I just want to focus…on you because I'm doing portraits.…Right, so what I'm thinking is,…if it's safe and you're comfortable with it,…if I'm down like this, sort of shooting up.…
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