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Photographing Families: Tips For Capturing Timeless Images

Photographing Families: Tips for Capturing Timeless Images is a book by expert portrait photographer Michele Celentano. The book takes us through how to create perfect family images that will last a lifetime, starting from the very beginning. The first chapter is very picture rich, and includes advice on what will work and what will not, for example how to work with young children to keep them engaged and alternatives to the usual formal portrait. It also includes information on cameras,...

Posing For Portrait and Glamour Photography

Posing For Glamour And Portrait Photography is all about getting the best out of your models and the camera. It begins by taking us through the basics of posing, and some simple dos and don'ts. If the posing is bad, then it can ruin a photo, says author Joe Farace. He uses before and after shots to show us how shots will look better when correctly posed. Also covered is what can distract from a photo as well as well as add to it, for example use of over bright jewellery can take attentio...

Backgrounds and Backdrops - A Portrait Photographer's Guide

Backdrops and Backgrounds is a book dedicated to teaching portrait photographers what backgrounds will work best with which shots. We are first taught about different materials that can be used for backdrops, and the benefits and drawbacks of them – mainly to do with the amount they'll crease. Then the book looks at painted and printed backdrops, before moving on to paper backdrops that will create a flawless look, and flooring and floor drops. We then learn how to create a pure white ...

On-Camera Flash - Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography

On-Camera Flash – Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography is a detailed and easy to follow book that covers two very popular areas of photography. Neil van Niekerk has tried to make the book as easy to follow as possible, without using the technical jargon that can confuse newcomers to the subject. We are taken through some essential concepts of on camera flash, and a little guidance on equipment, before looking at exposure metering in your photos. Examples of what the sa...

Master Posing Guide For Portrait Photographers

The Master Posing Guide for Portrait Photographers covers everything the portrait photographer needs to know. JD Wacker begins by re-iterating the importance of letting the subject’s personality shine through in portrait photography, as the shots should reveal something about them. He then goes on to tell us some dos and don’ts of portrait photography, right from the start of beginning research, all the way through to after the shoot and post production. Wacker’s experience shines throug...

75 Portraits: Lighting and Posing Techniques for Portrait Photographers

75 Portraits: Lighting and Posing Techniques for Portrait Photographers is a handy book for anyone who needs inspiration in their portrait shots. Each double page spread is about a different posing concept. These range from the classic James Dean style posing, right through to more out there poses such as Tropical Eden. There are a whole load of different poses, ranging from those for kids involving costumes and lollipops, to those more grown up and sophisticated, such as moody black and whi...

Photographing Models: 1,000 Poses

Photographing Models: 1,000 Poses is the ultimate guide to posing your models. The first part of the book explains how to shoot models effectively, from how to set up your lighting to suing an exposure that will flatter the shot. The technical know how section also covers using the correct angles to get a provocative shot, and also how to creatively crop your images to make them look stunning. Also covered is how to make you shoots look like editorial and advertisement shots, and how to ...

500 Poses For Photographing Children

500 poses for Photographing Children is a must read for any studio or portrait photographer that photographs children for a living. A visual source book, it contains little technical information, but is simply a book packed full of poses that will suit children well. From toddlers to teenagers, this book covers all the age ranges, making sure that there is useful information for photographers taking pictures of any age of child. There is a posing fundamentals section at the back, so even...

Creative Portrait Photography: Innovative digital portraiture to reveal the inner subject

This latest offering from Natalie Dybisz, a.k.a Miss Aniela, is as different and quirky as you would expect. Creative Portrait Photography is just that. Miss Aniela is definitely no stranger to the creative, and in this book, the aim is to “reveal the inner subject”. Miss Aniela uses herself as the model in a lot of the shots, and many are extremely brave and adventurous. Her work has a surreal beauty that not many can achieve. Her floating illusions in particular are enjoyable. In terms...

Envisioning Family: A Photographer's Guide to Making Meaningful Portraits of the Modern Family (Voices That Matter)

This book is bursting with so much knowledge that every photographer, from beginner level up to those who've taken this sort of imagery before, will find useful. As well as looking at the obvious topics such as camera equipment, lighting, setting up a shoot etc. Tamara begins by looking at what a family means/is and shares her experiences too. Some, like myself, may find this a slightly odd way to begin a photography title but I'm sure they'll be others out there who enjoy reading this backg...