Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Solution: Portrait with a prop, part of 5-Day Photo Challenge: Portraiture.
- Alright, welcome to the day four solution movie. Your challenge was to go out and to photograph someone with a prop, or an object and to do so on location and to use the background, almost as if it were a texture so we're drawn into the subject, and we're not really noticing the environment as much. For this particular challenge, what I decided to do, was to choose this beautiful object. I just love the leather, and the brass, and of course the whole concept of searching, or looking. So I asked my buddy Owen to head down to the beach and we went down to the beach and what I was trying to do was to position him so that the background was really far away, so that it was more a blur, more of a texture, and I gave him the object.
And, first of all, it was about figuring out which way to hold it, whether he was to hold it on one eye, or another, or which hands, because we don't really use these objects very often and so I wanted to experiment with that. I was trying to create a frame which was really clean and open. This was one of those pictures which I didn't want to over think, I didn't want to over shoot. It was about creating a simple, yet strong photograph. And, so as you can see here, I was trying to test out a few different ideas, but really keep it pretty simple and straightforward. Alright, well that's my particular solution to this challenge.
As you continue to work on these challenges, if you feel like, you know, you didn't nail it on the first time, go out and try it again, and post those photographs. You can post them using that #5dayphoto. It's so much fun to see all these pictures that you're creating and capturing, so post them so we can all check those out. And of course, be sure to come back to the next movie where I'll share with you another challenge. And that next challenge is going to be one where we really step it up. We're going to go for it in that one, I'm super excited about it. So I hope to see you in the next movie, bye for now.
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