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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...
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 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...
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.
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 ...
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...
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...
This dual text book in German and English looks at photography of the human face starting out with a history of photographic techniques that includes the out of focus pictures by Julia Margaret Cameron through the avant-garde techniques from the likes of Man Ray, to the computerised generation images of today. Its a fascinating insight with lots of great examples of how we can distort the face using morphing, focusing and exposure. Not great for technique, but fine for inspiration and intrigue.
A hard back book featuring a collection of 120 people photographs from 40 top photographers that are grouped into portraits, fashion and glamour. Each section features a wide variety of images with lighting diagrams, exposure details and extended captions giving info about how and why the pictures were taken. You can use this to learn the intricacies of portrait photography without having to read reams of boring text. Just look at photo that inspires and follow the lighting diagram to do the sam...
If you have children and take pictures that you would like to improve on this book is perfect. It doesn't have a regional feel that some portrait books have and show some new and interesting ways to capture your children on film. The cover shows a hand coloured photo, which is lifted from the finishing chapter that looks at presentation and printing techniques. Elsewhere we are given examples of how to determine what the client wants (assuming you are shooting for a living) how to develop a rela...