Publication Date: 2014-03-25
In Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, author and photographer Erik Valind shows you how to get the best shots of your subjects-whether you're in a studio or outdoors, at a family get-together, or at a formal event. Starting with the fundamentals of portrait photography, including how to select the right camera settings and lenses and how to compose your shots, Erik covers building a rapport with your subject, and offers suggestions for poses that flatter your subject to achieve great shots. He then addresses the problems and opportunities of both natural and indoor light, offering ways to resolve lighting challenges of both, showing when and how to use a flash and how to add and modify light to improve the quality of your images. Finally, he walks through several portrait scenarios, including creating single-person shots such as headshots and environmental shots, and group shots such as family and wedding photos. Follow along with Erik and you will: Learn the basics of capturing great portraits, such as focusing on the eyes, stepping back and zooming in, and turning your subject into the light Evaluate focal length, compression, and working distance to select the best lens for any given shoot Establish trust with your subject and provide helpful direction and feedback so they feel at ease and look their best Address challenges associated with natural light such as shade and direct light-and tame or redirect the light for improved photographs Improve the light with modifiers and other helpful tools such as strobes, umbrellas, and reflectors Go "behind the scenes" and walk through the process of creating great portraits with two chapters of start-to-finish examples Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the portraits you want every time you pick up your camera.
The Complete Portrait Manual
Publication Date: 2016-01-12
For beginners looking to master the portrait or lifelong photographers looking to try a new twist on the classic genre, this is your photo book. The Complete Portrait Manual provides over 200 tips techniques to help you successfully capture the portrait you want. The editors of Popular Photography pooled all their knowledge from their 70+ years of experience to bring you the most comprehensive guide to portraits on the market: The Complete Portrait Manual. Whether you''re after snapshots of loved ones laughing, impressive studio headshots, fun yet tasteful selfies on your smartphone, or lightning-fast captures of athletes doing the thing they love, this guide will help you produce the perfect portrait. In chapters on how to flatter your subjects with poses and angles, light them just right, and retouch your photos in post-production, you''ll learn how to: Get to Know Your Subjects Pick Props that Show Personality Snap a Nice Seflie Craft Environmental Portraits Hide Flaws with Clever Angles Take Candid Street Shots Pick Poses that Flatter Zoom In on Telling Details Shoot Truly Joyful Holiday Portraits Freeze a Subject''s Fleeting Reflection Set Up Avedon Lighting Know Your Light Sources Flatter with a Ring Light Mimic Film Noir Shadows Slow a Spinning Ballerina with Long Exposure Combine Natural and Studio Light Select Light Modifiers Capture Musicians with Limited Lighting Make Nostalgic Portraits with Film Understand Retouching Tools Go Classic with Black and White Conversion Craft Whimsical Composites Repair Old Photos of Loved Ones Minimize Lines and Skin Flaws Whiten Teeth and Eyes Make Cautious Use of the Liquify Tool Brighten Exposure for Breezier Snapshots For amateur photographers, there is no better resource. With high-quality design, intricate detail, and a durable flexicover--this manual is the perfect gift!
Publication Date: 2016-12-16
Following up on the success of his first book, Photographing Men, photographer and author Jeff Rojas has created a companion book that covers everything you need to know about photographing women. Unlike so many other books on the market that focus on photographing women--which are often just a collection of images that show different posing and lighting setups--in Photographing Women: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion, Jeff actually teaches you what you need to know in order to create great images. In the book, Jeff first discusses the variety of face shapes and body types you'll work with when photographing women. He then dives deeply into teaching you the posing, styling, and lighting techniques that will flatter your subjects and convey your intended message. In Photographing Women, you'll learn: * How to identify different face shapes, and how to decide on makeup and lighting choices based on those shapes * The different body types that most women have--diamond, hourglass, rectangle, apple, etc.--and how best to flatter them * All about "perceived flaws"--such as love handles and double chins--and what to do about them * The difference between posing and directing your subjects * How to style your subject appropriately, depending on the type of shoot (portrait, boudoir, commercial, etc.) * How to pose your subject for standing, sitting, and lying poses * The lighting techniques you need to know in order to create beautiful, flattering light in your photos * And much more! In the final section of the book, covering lighting, Jeff brings it all together and provides 21 unique lighting setups, working through a series of shoots that cover portrait, commercial, and fashion photography.
Mastering Portrait Photography
Publication Date: 2016-04-01
No more formal, corporate-style poses--this book offers a modern, vibrant approach, capturing a moment in the subject's lifestyle. It discusses technical aspects from equipment to exposure, aperture, metering, shutter speed, depth of field and white balance settings, in addition to how natural light, color and movement affect an image. The book also covers posing, home studios, backgrounds, artificial light, and pre-shoot prep such as make-up, hair styling and clothing. Post-production topics include skin retouching, color correction, printing options and presentation.
Publication Date: 2015-08-03
It used to be that the only people that needed professional-looking headshots were actors and models, but now thanks to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and social media in general, headshots are hot! They've never been more in demand than they are today, and Peter Hurley's unique headshot style and trademark look have made him the most sought-after headshot photographer in the world today. Here's your chance to learn exactly how to create "the look" that everybody's after. This is bankable stuff! If you're not adding headshots to what you offer as a photographer, you're leaving a lot of money on the table. Peter knows first-hand the secrets to not only lighting your headshots like a pro (there's a whole chapter on that alone), but in this book he reveals, in the very same fashion that made him a famous name with photographers everywhere, how he gets authentic expressions and incredibly flattering positioning that will make your clients look better than they ever have in any photo--period! It's all here: he shows you his positioning techniques, his secrets for getting genuine smiles and images that look so natural you won't believe they're posed (but of course, they are), and you'll learn the very same techniques that Peter uses to create amazing headshots for everyone from execs at top Fortune 500 companies, to Silicon Valley startups, to actors and public figures who know all too well how important a great-looking headshot really is. Peter doesn't hold anything back. He reveals all his tricks of the trade, from his trademark lighting look, to how to create good-looking backgrounds on location, to positioning tricks you won't hear anywhere else, and it's all written in Peter's fun, quirky, inspiring style that lets you know, right from the beginning, you can do this, and you can do this big! These are the techniques that Peter has crafted from years in front of the lens, as a model for top brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and Guess, and years behind the lens, giving him an insight few photographers will ever possess, and he's willing to share every bit of it--every trick, every technique, and every nuance--in this book that will pay for itself at your very next shoot. Yes, it's that good.