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Hollywood Portraits [Kindle Edition]

Lou Szoke
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The glamorous images of Hollywood's elite actors and actresses in the 1930s-40s have remained an inspiration to many photographers over 75 years later. Hollywood Portaits will teach readers how to re-create these iconic images themselves using simple Tungsten lighting. Characterised by dramatic contrast, sharp shadows and a sultry mood, Hollywood-style images have a look that appeals to a wide variety of subjects. Easy-to-follow steps and detailed diagrams make Hollwood Portraits ideal for amateurs and professionals alike.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9679 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (9 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M3MXI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for Hollywood style portraits 3 Jan. 2013
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Easy to read and understand this photography book focuses on lighting for Hollywood style photos. The book includes light setups and explanations on how to achieve the look. The author uses permanent lights and not strobes which makes it easier to see if the light is right or not. Many examples are provided and discussed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What, no softbox 11 Jan. 2014
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A first class lighting book - a clear understanding of the characterful lighting used in Hollywood style portraits - a refreshing change from soft boxes everywhere
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for reference. 15 April 2013
By Louie
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It is a great reference book with lots of good ideas and diagrams of sets to try. I wish I could work with the author for a while.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not about Hollywood portraits! 21 Oct. 2013
By Tom M - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a book about how to make Hollywood-style portraits! In fact, the styles used by the master portrait artists of Hollywood's classical period are barely discussed. If you want to learn about classic Hollywood portraits and how to take them, get "Hollywood Portraits, Classic Shots and How to Take Them" by Roger Hicks and Christopher Nisperos.

This is a book about the hot-light techniques used by portrait artist Lou Szoke. But the use of hot lights does not make a Hollywood portrait. The title aside, the book has some wonderful portraits made by a highly talented artist, but that is about as far as it goes. The text accompanying each photo is generally uninformative. And though his portraits are inviting, I find the author a little alienating. Overall, he comes across as not trying to help or inform us as much as "fix" us.

For each photo, some critical information is missing, such as what light modifiers were used. And there is no exposure information. In most of the diagrams the fill and key lights appear close together, which makes no sense.

If you've read other books published by Amherst Media you know that they are generally shallow in depth, lacking in scope and prone to errors. If you use hot lights for portraiture, this book is worth buying for the photos, just don't expect much else. But if you are interested in Hollywood portraits, get the Roger Hicks book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Old School a receipe book 20 Feb. 2012
By D. Waiters - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to say I wanted a book like this for a very long time. I have always enjoyed the classic Hollywood Style of black and white photography made famous in the 40's & 50's.
Just like a classic 57 chevy or 66 mustang. I don't think this style will ever go out of style. Now with all of that said I would think of this book as my recipe book for Hollywood style photography. For example taking us thru the case for Hot lights and explaining the different kinds of lights, the camera room environment. The book also offers tips on output, once you create these fantastic photos you don't send them to a local discount lab to print this premium product. I like page 87 with the Mother in Law examples and lighting diagrams. You photographer who want to go Old School this book is for us.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine book but lacking in one area 19 Mar. 2013
By rnw94030 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will give you a fine background in Hollywood portrait lighting. It provides copious lighting diagram. But the diagram don't give you a clue about what kind of light modifiers were used. There are images either a grid or a snoot was used but there was no mention made. Then other flags or barn doors were used to control spillage.

All in all not a deal killer but would have been a better book with it.

One item of note. The author writing style is a bit self congratulatory and he spend too much time revealing his relationship to the books models.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invest a Dime 26 Jan. 2013
By PMLor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. Having long been a fan of George Hurrell and Yousof Karsh, I found this book to be particularly helpful in recreating the b/w styles of those photographic giants. Invest a dime. It's worth it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuous Lighting Training 15 July 2012
By David M. Perry - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is for those photographers who wish to understand Tungsten, "hot light," or continuous lighting techniques. It is also good information for photographers trying to adopt the style of the great Hollywood portrait photographers of the 30s and 40s. Szoke offer plenty of detail on the use of "hot lights" and their various modifying devices to help "Paint With Light." Painting with Light is a term bandied about quite often, especially by photography critics, but little is offered on what it is, how do you do it, and what works and what doesn't. This book definitely changes all of that. Szoke gives plenty of detailed information in a practical day-to-day manner. There are plenty of lighting diagrams, and illustrations of the many techniques possible. The only aspect missing, and it would have made for a hefty tome if included, would be a section on how to modify light to hide physical feature flaws, and how to properly light specific portrait subjects (Mr. Szoke -- a possible follow-up volume?). This book is a definite must buy for anyone wishing to learn to "Paint by Light."
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