Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Solution: In their element, part of 5-Day Photo Challenge: Portraiture.
Alright, your challenge was to go out and photograph someone in their element. The way that I approached this was to go down to the beach and to bring my buddy, Alex, along. And it was so fun to get a chance just to be at the ocean as the sun started to rise. It was a cloudy day, which I didn't anticipate. I pictured creating these images with this warm, golden sunlight. You know, this California beautiful scene. It didn't turn out that way. So all of a sudden, I think about, well, how can I use these clouds? There's a really nice, soft light. So I captured some images of him at the edge of the water.
I also realized I could create some moody photographs, where it's a little bit darker, like this isolated figure standing there with his surfboard on the water in this scene with all these interesting clouds. Then I also wanted to get up close, right? You want to capture images far away and up close, and so I had him hold his surfboard and almost use it as a backdrop. And I've used that in a number of different scenarios where you just block out the environment. And first we started without him jumping in the water. And I liked that, because his hair was sort of messy, woken up early in the morning and that was fun. I like the feeling of those type of pictures.
I also captured pictures without the surfboard, right? Just Alex himself down at the beach, because he spends a lot of time at this particular location. Then, eventually, I had him get in the water. Once he got in the water, I realized, I want to get in the water, too. Because water is fascinating. I love the movement, the motion, the reflections, the light, and so I got out there. You know, it was so fun just to be out there to capture those images in that location. And you know, with your own challenges, you aren't satisfied with the results, by all means, shoot this one again.
You know, sometimes magic happens when you tap into your own passions and interests and you photograph someone which shares those with you as well. Also, it's so much fun to see all the photographs that you guys are posting. Keep doing that. Do that and post those with that hash tag, that's five-day photo, and if you want to learn more about how to capture better portraits, I have a course which is called "Narrative Portraiture." Be sure to check that one out as well. Alright, well, last but not least, come back to the next movie, and there I'll share with you another challenge which will help you to develop and grow in regard to creating better photographs of people.
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