Every picture tells a story! Join Bill Frakes as he goes on location with subjects such as a mother and son, a corporate executive and a chef in a working kitchen, to learn how to create unique images that instantly tell a deeper story about the subject. Bill shares tips and demonstrates techniques teaching how to work efficiently to create simple yet elegant portraits of people in a variety of lifestyles and careers, both indoors and out.
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In this first lesson we join Bill on location in the boardroom for a series of executive portraits. These portraits need to be elegant, simple, powerful, and fast.
You can vary the feel and the mood by moving to a seated pose, bringing in the reflection from the table, and having the subject make subtle changes in expression.
The final shoot in the executive portrait series takes us out on to the balcony, where Bill demonstrates how to balance light from the strobe on the subject's face with available daylight for a very natural looking outdoor portrait in a corporate setting.
Creating environmental portraits is not always a walk in the park. In this lesson Bill creates a series of outdoor portraits with a mom and her three year old son. Being able to remain flexible and creative even when things don't go as originally planned is the key to getting the shots your client will love.
A working kitchen is a challenging setting for an environmental portrait due to all the reflective surfaces. Bill demonstrates a few different ways to approach this scene.
A slight change in camera position can make a big difference in conveying a sense of the scene and helping to tell the story of the subject.
Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer based in Florida who has worked in all 50 states and in more than 125 countries for a wide variety of editorial…