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Creating Stylish and Sexy Photography

Creating Stylish and Sexy Photography is all about producing great glamour and flattering fashion images. Author Chris Nelson has been a professional photographer for many years, and received his Master photographer award from WPPI. The book begins with a few words about your potential client base and the many reasons women go for glamour and fashion shoots, before moving on to discuss what glamour photography actually is. It's all about what your subject wants and how they'd like to be ...

Figure Photography: Techniques for Digital Photographers

Figure Photography – Techniques for Digital Photographers is a book all about figure photography, from the history right through to techniques and ideas for posing. The book begins with fundamental techniques for figure photography, starting with location selection. You are encouraged to experiment, and take advantage of unexpected opportunities to make your photography stand out. Also looked at is privacy and permits, and adding props to your photos. Lighting and exposure is next to b...

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...

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...

Shooting yourself

Shooting Yourself is a book all about creating self portraits with attitude. The book begins with a few words from author Haje Jan Kamps on why he likes self portrait photography, and how it's important to be yourself when it comes to photography. Everyone has different interpretations, and you should follow yours. The book then introduces lots of different artists who specialise in self portrait photography, and a few words on why the author likes them, before they each go into why they ...

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...