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Step By Step Lighting For Studio Portrait Photography

Step By Step Lighting for Studio Portrait Photography is a well set out and easy to follow title that guides you through the world of studio portrait lighting and how to best achieve the look you're going for. Author Jeff Smith encourages you to learn from what you know and not to rely on set styles too much, the aim here is to create your own. The book begins with learning lighting and learning to previsualise the image you're going for. It then moves on to achieving what the client wan...

500 Poses for Photographing Group Portraits

500 Poses for Photographing Group Portraits is a source book full of images for photographers to draw inspiration from. There is a small forward at the front, which explains that the book is meant to act as a 'springboard' for posing ideas. Thinking of ways to pose large groups of people can be a challenge, and the book provides plenty of ideas for you to implement. It is split into sections of different group sizes, and goes from just two people right up to fifteen plus, so no matter wh...

Just Available Light: Techniques For Digital Photographers

Just Available Light: Techniques for Digital Photographers is all about getting the best out of your photos using just the available light around you. Rod and Robin Deutschmann believe that passion and creativity are the key to capturing great images with natural light, and promote the use of manual settings, to put you firmly in control of all the settings. The book begins by looking at what available light is, and how the direction, colour, and whether it's hard or soft light will affe...

Nikon D7100 Experience

The Nikon D7100 experience is an e-book all about creating great photography with the Nikon D7100. Author Douglas J. Klostermann is a travel and culture photographer in Latin America and the USA. He has written popular guides on using the Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 5D mark III. This is his 15th e-book. The e-book begins by talking us through the components of the camera, and what it features, before going into taking control of your images. We are taken through the controls of the camera, ...

Direction and Quality of Light

Direction and Quality of Light is your guide to getting better portrait photography, anytime, anywhere. Author Neil van Niekerk begins by telling us a bit about what is good light and what is bad light, and how composition, lighting and mood can all add up to create the effect you want. Also discussed is the quality of light and how bouncing the flash can create a more flattering effect. The book looks at working with available light and using reflectors, as well as using your exposure m...

High School Senior Portrait Photography

High School Senior Portrait Photography is quite a specific book all about photographing teens in Senior school. Author Ellie Vayo has been in the business for years, and has focused on senior school photography for most of that time, making her the ideal guide for this subject. The book begins with business basics, getting your name known and spreading the message about your work. Ellie explains that volunteering your skills is important as a starting point. The book next looks at marke...

The Beginner's Photography Guide

The Beginner's Photography Guide is an ideal book for the complete novice wanting to get into digital photography more seriously. In traditional Dorling Kindersley style, the book is laid out very simply and reads very much like a traditional guide. Each section is split into introducing, explaining and applying sections, so that you understand what you're doing before you implement it, speeding up the learning process. The book begins by looking at equipment, and what different cameras ...

Michael Freeman's Photo School - Landscape

Michael Freeman's Photo School: Landscape is a detailed and informative book all about getting the best out of your landscape shots. The book begins with a few words on the theory of landscape photography and how it evolved, before going into what makes a good landscape shot, beginning with how important the sky is in a shot. As always in Freeman's series, this book introduces to a few students of landscape photography who submit photos to be commented on by Michael at the end of each mi...

Michael Freeman's Photo School - Street

Street is one of the latest books in Michael Freeman's growing Photo School collection. Past titles have included exposure, composition and black and white. Freeman seems to be moving away from techniques and on to genres of photography with these latest additions. The book begins introducing the student photographers that will have their images critiqued by Michael throughout, after completing mini challenges. It then moves on to look at techniques, and how different lenses will influen...

Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible

Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible is all about creating unique and thought provoking images, whatever camera equipment or software you use. The book begins by talking us through what surreal photography means, before going into the different types of cameras available and the pros of each for the creation of surreal images. It involves quite a detailed guide into each type of camera and how they work. The second chapter looks at phone-ography and compact cameras. It discusses ...