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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...

Sketching Light – An Illustrated Tour Of The Possibilities Of Flash

This book is all about flash and how you can use it to create stunning portraits that really do stand out from the crowd. It's less of a lesson and more about going on a journey with Joe through the various shots he's taken. Yes, he uses technical jargon that beginners may not understand but this sits along side jokes and a conversation style that's so enjoyable to read you soon forget your learning how to improve your photography. All the photos are inspirational and the diagrams that...

Jack Robinson On Show

This book takes a look at the brief but influential photographic career of Jack Robinson. Essentially, this book is a picture book displaying his fashion and portraiture collection that were often seen in The New York Times Magazine or Vogue. Many famous faces from the New York circuit between 1958 - 1972, feature in this book but it also has brief sections on Jack's technique, archive and career. Jack Nicholson, Elton John and Tina Turner are just a few of the A-Lister's that are captured in...

One Light Flash

This book aims to show how, with just one flash, you can produce amazing portraits where no two are the same. It starts by covering equipment, which is always a good place to start, especially for beginners, before moving on to more technique based tips. The equipment, obviously, covers flashes but cameras, bags and smaller items such as gaffer tape are also discussed – it doesn't seem to miss anything off its list. The basic lighting and camera control sections are excellent with large ...

Timeless

Timeless is a picture book and when we say picture book, we really do mean that almost every page has an image on it. The only text that's in the book is there to tell you the story behind the creation a book, who's in it and to let you know a little more about the author. All the photos are portraits of people the photographer simply met in the street. They're all in black & white and most completely fill the page. They're full of texture and have an almost gritty feel while still bursting with...

The Changing Face of Portrait Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital

This isn't a guide to portrait photography, it's more of a book that takes a look at portrait photography, what people take and how this genre in particular can produce some rather thought-provoking images. It takes a closer look at a group of photographer's work as well as taking an almost journey through the history of portrait photography. As we said, it's not something you're going to pick up and learn how to take better pictures from but it is interesting to see how portrait styles have...