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Train Your Gaze

Many portrait books focus on technique and equipment, this one is different and appealingly so. The extended title "A Practical and Theoretical Introduction to Portrait Photography" sums up what it's really about. This book on the theory of portrait photography is split into 12 chapters that cover the following: About Looking Self Portrait - No Face People at the edge of the frame Behaviour in the Moment Voyeurism Portrait, Mirror, Masquerade Confrontation Out ...

The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography

The complete guide to Professional Wedding Photography The title offers a complete guide and the cover of the book promises to create a more profitable and fulfilling business, so this book is not for hobbyists or new venturers into photography, but for established wedding photographers that need a boost to their business. The back of the book informs the reader in a bullet pointed list that they will learn about all the key points of wedding photography although equipment is only covered br...

An Illustrated A-Z of Digital Photography: People and Portraits

From the team behind What Digital Camera? Magazine, People and Portraits is the follow-up to An A-Z of Digital Photography by the same authors. The books is an alphabetical arrangement of the various aspects of people and portrait photography, for example there is information on the various types of portraits, as well as image editing, retouching, restoration and special effects. Interspersed between the chapters are professional profiles from top photographers such as Annabel Williams, Pet...

Contemporary Wedding Photography

Learn the tricks of the wedding trade in this new book as Duncan Evans investigates. If you've ever wanted to be a wedding photographer, or have just started out and need some advice, this new book from Julie Oswin and Steve Walton promises to get you going in the right direction, and most importantly, offers advice for tricky situations. Julie and Steve are award-winning photographers and this book brings together their tips, techniques and advice for creative, relaxed and innovative w...

Portrait Photography - Secrets of Posing & Lighting

Mark Cleghorn is an award winning wedding photographer with a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society. He's also extremely good at portrait photography and has created this book to share his secrets. Unlike other books where "secrets" are not really shared Mark goes to great lengths to help those of us who are considering shooting portraits. It covers everything from children to tasteful nude. You learn how to lighting your subject using natural and artificial light, how to pose and arran...

Annabel Williams Book of Wedding and Portrait Photography

Annabel is one of the best known portrait photographers who was one of the first to create the soft "anyone can be beautiful" portrait styles. This book illustrates a wide range of techniques Annabel uses in her commerical business. The good thing is the people are real so it's not full of models to illustrate techniques, these are actual clients. The book has plenty of sketches showing lighting set ups and lots of advice from getting the job to providing the proofs and, in true Rotovision style...

DJ's by Lopez

An unusual format book a little larger than a CD comprising photographs of over 100 DJs with comments from them about their profesion. This will obviously appeal to the fans of the latest cult DJs so why are we reviewing it on a photography site? Well Lopez just happens to be a damn fine portrait photographer and although there's no photography technique here you can get some great inspiration from his images.

Women by Women

128 pages, hardback cover and full of pictures of naked or near naked women photographed by 54 female photographers including Eve Arnold, Vanessa Beecroft, Lillian Bassman, Erika Langley, Sylvia Plachy, Ellen Von Unwerth, Cary Clifford, Lucia Ferrario, Gabina Francesca Galliani, Linda Troeller, Doralba Picerno and Dianora Niccolini. There's a good mix of image styles and picture sizes with few words so it's inspiration rather than technique. Having enjoyed looking at the photographs...what man ...

Photographing babies & toddlers

From the writer of many highly successful photographic books comes this one focused on the world of the young child. In his usual style the book has well presented pictures and clearly written captions to help those who want to learn and don't want to trawl through loads of waffle. It takes you through the early stages from birth to crawling and walking with info on how to prop up the tiny ones who can't sit to making the ones who can frown smile. If you have a child on the way or someone has as...

High Impact Portrait Photography

This book, written and illustrated by ex model and studio owner Lori Brystan, has many good examples of portrait photography with a difference. Its laid out in the usual Amherst Media Style Full page pic on one side and technique on the other making it quick to locate a style and read how it was created. Lori shares her ideas about posing and working with the models who could be babies, children or adults. Theres fashion, family, glamour and social examples with some superb tips that any portrai...