Hi, I'm Nigel Barker. I'm a fashion photographer but I like to call myself a fashion photographer who's really a portrait photographer and I say that because, although I shoot a lot of fashion pictures, it's really about the person's personality, it's about the story behind the picture and that's exactly what we're gonna be talking about in today's class. It's called Capturing the Narrative. Now, you may wonder why that's so important and I'll tell you because people shoot photographs all the time, we're shooting portraits, we're shooting fashion pictures, magazines are coming out all the time and you can just shoot a beautiful picture, you can have a great location like this with a fabulous tree or you can be on a beach or there can be mountains around you, that doesn't make the picture. Even Ansel Adams, when he shot a picture of a horizon, he looked for the emotion in the clouds, he looked for the life to come from the picture so you would feel something from it and just the same, o...
bviously when you're shooting a person, you want that emotion. You're looking for that story. If you're shooting an actor, is it about the movie he's in or is it about his personality, his true personality? There are many reasons why you're looking for that to come out in the picture. If you're shooting a corporate head shot, is it that this young man or this young woman that you're shooting, is it about the job they're about to get, is it about the job they have? Are they the CEO? What role do they play? You wanna capture that in the picture. It isn't just about a pretty picture of a great looking person or an interesting person in a great location. Those things are important. The lighting, of course, is key and we'll talk about that in some of my other classes, but right now we're gonna be talking about capturing the narrative. Now, I started my career as a model many, many moons ago. I had hair back then, too, and I work with great photographers, many interesting people from all over the world and one of the things that I learned personally was how they dealt with me, how they talked to me, how they interacted with me and some were better than others and some used very different techniques and I picked up on many of the things that I liked and I brought them into the way I shoot. You may know some of my pictures from a show called America's Next Top Model that I worked on for many years and in those pictures which were oftentimes fashion pictures what made one picture work versus another was really my ability and my subject's ability to create a story in the picture, to bring that picture alive. That's what we're gonna be talking about today. I'm gonna be going through a whole series of different things that I do, tricks that I have up my sleeve, ways to bring out the character in the model and the character in the place and bring it all together so that we really create a dynamic image.