Chris Orwig


As a photographer, Chris strives to create authentic, engaging and inspiring pictures and lives by the words of the famed French photographer Marc Riboud who said, "Photography is savoring life at 1/100th of a second."


Chris teaches online courses with, is on the photography faculty at the Brooks Institute. and is part of the Xrite Colorratti team. As a teacher he subscribes to W.B. Yeats' idea that, "Education isn't about filing a pail, but igniting a fire." His expertise in photography and digital imaging has enabled him to speak at conferences around the globe.


Chris has authored five best-selling books that have been translated into over a dozen languages including his most recent projects, Visual Poetry: A Creative Guide for Making Engaging Digital Photographs (New Riders/Voices That Matter) and People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs (Peachpit Press). His books provide a thoughtful, and thought provoking, approach to capturing better photographs.


Chris is an aunthentic and enthusiastic person who pursues living life to the fullest with everything he's got. Apart from his professional endeavors, Chris thrives on getting out into the ocean and mountains any way he can. He lives just a few short miles from the pacific ocean with his wife, three daughters and their beloved retriever Daisy.

Capturing Authentic Portraits with Chris Orwig

It takes a true connection between photographer and subject to create powerful portrait photography. A portrait doesn’t have to be dramatic or glamorous to be compelling. In fact, the best portraits often showcase people expressing their vulnerability or discomfort. It’s the photographer’s job to evoke and capture authentic emotion by establishing a genuine rapport with the subject.

Join veteran portrait photographer Chris Orwig to learn how to take meaningful portraits and use them to make your transition from amateur to professional. In this class, you’ll learn:

Advanced RAW Processing with Chris Orwig

Take a deep dive into Adobe Camera Raw and go beyond the basics to apply RAW processing to more challenging photo editing needs. Learn how ACR can make your post-processing more efficient and more creative. Chris Orwig will explore the creation of better black and white images, shortcuts, speed tips, and selective adjustments. Incorporate blemish correction, the addition of creative effects, and lens corrections into your editing before you ever leave RAW format

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