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

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An Illustrated A-Z of Digital Photography: People and Portraits
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Author:Nigel Atherton, Steve Crabb
Publisher:AVA Publishing SA
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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, Peter Seale, John Freeman, Roger Bamber and Martin Evening, which include examples of the photographers' work, plus a small section containing some advice and tips on how to take more successful portraits.

At the beginning of the book is a guide to digital camera features, explaining the basics of camera technology and the various functions of the digital camera. This section may be of use to the absolute beginner, but for anyone who is familiar with the subject already, may just be 17 pages of wasted space. Towards the end of the book is a glossary of technical terms called the Jargon Buster, which proves as a useful reference for any terms the reader may not be already familiar with, though again unless an absolute beginner, this feature could prove pretty pointless.

The chapters themselves are arranged in an easy-to-follow fashion with diagrams and high quality images to illustrate. The information contained in these sections is basic, and any techniques described are explained in an easy to follow fashion. For example, the section on Composition contains sections on closeness, head shots and orientation, plus a summary of top tips to round up the chapter.

The A-Z of People and Portraits is easy to follow and understand with a thorough guide to the basics of photography, although the chapters aren't really in depth enough to provide anything other than an overview. Ideal for any beginner to the subject who want a quick easy-reference guide to portrait photography, but unless a complete novice, the guide may not provide anything the reader didn't already know.

The book is A4 paperback, has 175 pages, and includes the following chapters:

  • Abstract Portraits

  • Action

  • Babies

  • Candids

  • Children and Teenagers

  • Concerts and Gigs

  • Couples

  • Family Portraits

  • Fashion

  • Glamour

  • Groups

  • Holidays

  • Indoors

  • Men

  • Models

  • Nudes

  • Parties and Celebrations

  • Posing

  • Special Effects

  • Sports and Action

  • Weddings

  • Women

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