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You may think the cover portrait is a tad dull and uninspiring (the repro of this image has more contrast on the inside version), but open this 128 page book and you'll find far better examples inside. The author, David Wilson, aims to introduce amateurs and semi-professionals to the varied world of portraiture. It covers techniques to improve composition, rapport, exposure, lighting and much more. the book includes extended captions of around 200 words per picture that are tips and techniques from the photographers who took them. This is a great way of learning how to do things better. With the exception of a few bits of fairly shallow information, especially where digital photography is concerned the book presents the subject well and will be a benefit for anyone wanting to gain experience in this field. Like all the Better Picture Guide to series it uses the enlarged type to highlight a word here and there in mid sentence. Call me old-fashioned but this, while obviously being a modern design style, does tend to halt the reading process.