Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Determining the message and the intent, part of Exploring Photography: Family and Group Portraiture.
I talk a lot about the importance of the message of a photograph and how that…message determines your location, your lighting, the poses, even the expressions…on your subjects' faces.…For example, a family photograph; the message of that photograph should show…warmth and love for each other.…The lighting might be a little bit softer and even in tone.…Contrast that with a business portrait, the lighting is often stronger,…more contrasty.…
And I pose the people in an entirely different way.…I want the photograph's message to show the respect that they have as…working colleagues.…No matter if I am shooting a business or a family, I try to gather all the…information I need beforehand.…I am a big believer in having a meeting to discuss different options like…clothing or jewelry, locations.…We talk about my style of photography.…Natalie Fobes: It's good to stay away from light, because anything bright in the photograph is…the first thing people look at.…
So they will go right to your white t-shirt, and I want the attention on your…
Learn how to plan for a portrait photo shoot and how to make stylistic decisions regarding props, clothing, and makeup. Next, explore the essentials of posing women and men, starting with a single subject and working up to large groups. The course demonstrates how to pose and compose a group portrait in ways that highlight the relationships between members. To illustrate the time constraints photographers often face, Natalie works against the clock to shoot a group of people she's never met. She also covers post-processing techniques for portraiture, such as working with wrinkles and skin textures.
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Before Shooting: Planning the Portrait
2. Posing and Working with a Subject
3. Photo Shoots and Strategies
4. Post-Processing for Group Portraits
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