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Capture The Moment

Capture The Moment is a collaboration of images from various members of the Clickin Moms social network for female photographers. The book aims to teach you how to capture the beauty of every day family life with short, concise tips and lots of beautiful images. With categories including Natural light, storytelling, composition, fine art and black and white, the book covers every angle when it comes to capturing great family photos in the familiarity of your own home or the fun of a holiday....

Portrait Mastery In Black And White

Portrait Mastery in Black and White allows you to learn the signature style used by a legendary photographer. Each double page spread in the book is dedicated to one black and white image. Firstly, the look that the photographer was going for and how the shot is achieved are discussed, and there is also a diagram of how that shots were set up and how lighting was positioned, making it easy to copy the setup for images of your own. Posing and expression and lighting and shooting are discu...

The World's Top Wedding Photographers

The World's Top Wedding Photographers is a book exploring the creative and professional secrets of ten professional wedding photographers. Each featured photographer has their own section of the book and in that section they were asked a set of questions that can be found at the very front of the book. There is an introduction to each photographer and their distinctive style, their passions, inspirations, shooting style and workflow. Also covered is the photographer's equipment, their ti...

The Speedlight Studio

The Speedlight Studio is all about how to achieve professional looking portraits with a portable flash. Author Michael Mowbray is extremely enthusiastic on the subject, and explains how he now uses speedlights for 99.9% of his studio work and finds them the easiest out of all the lighting methods to use. Mowbray is a speedlight master and in this book he takes you through everything you need to know about the medium, beginning with understanding the speedlight and a list of pros and cons...

Wild Life

Wild Life is a completely new take on animal portraiture photography. Photographer Brad Wilson has brought them into the studio to create captivating and dramatic images allowing you to see animals as they've never been photographed before. That may sound like quite a sweeping statement but Brad's work is original, and allows the viewer to focus solely on the subject of the image by shooting on a black background. Most animal portraits you see are against their natural habitat, and even ...

Alternative Portraiture

Alternative Portraiture is a book all about artistic lighting and design for environmental photography. The book's author, Benny Migs, is an ex wedding photographer turned alternative portraiture entrepreneur, and he aims to show how to create great portraits without the use of a huge crew or a van full of lighting kit. He also looks at using location to your advantage to add to the image and say something about the personality of your subject, too. Each double page spread is a differen...

Photographing Newborns For Boutique Photographers

Photographing Newborns for Boutique photographers is a detailed guide on not only how to photograph young babies effectively, but also how to run a photography business well, pleasing your clients and keeping the money rolling in. Beginning by looking at business foundation, author Mimika Cooney knows the importance of having a firm understanding of your subject and having a good business model to ensure that your business is sustainable. Covered is branding, marketing and promoting your bus...

Fine Art Portrait Photography From Concept To Completion

Fine Art Portrait Photography is a guide to lighting, posing and post production of your images from concept to completion. The book features many examples of fine art portrait images. Each double page spread shows the finished image, along with the original camera image or images used to create it. Covered is lighting, styling, settings, and image specific elements such as location choices and backstory to the images. Post production is looked at, but techniques used in post production,...

Essential Elements of Portrait Photography : Lighting and Posing Techniques to Make Everyone Look Their Best

For those who are just dipping their toes into the pond of portrait photography this book offers a great foundation for you to work from. Plus, the first section is also relevant to all new photographers, regardless of the type of photography you are interested in. The title looks at both male and female subjects and discusses both indoor and outdoor scenarios, plus lighting set-ups. As well as images, the book features diagrams that illustrate how certain lights can be positioned etc. m...

Portrait Pro: What You MUST Know to Make Photography Your Career

If you are new to photography and are considering making your hobby your career, make sure reading this book is on your to-do list before you make any final decisions. It really does give a great insight into the professional photography world, paying particular attention to the not so great parts of a professional photographer's life so probably won't have even considered when picking up a camera. As well as advice on running a business you'll also find tips designed to help you improve...