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Creative Portrait Photography: Innovative digital portraiture to reveal the inner subject [Paperback]

Natalie Dybisz
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30 April 2012
The very best portrait photography is not about recording what someone looks like, not even about how they look at their best, or under certain conditions. A great portrait photographer will strive to give the viewer access into their subjects inner self; a window on their soul. In the digital age, this isnt simply a matter of good direction and carefully planned lighting. The range of options available to the photographer includes an artistic element now possible through editing and compositing that was simply not available in the past. This book takes the photographer through all of the possibilities they might use to bring our their subjects inner self, from advice on how to build a relationship with your subject and plan your shoot, to tips on directing them, as well as complete step-by-step guides on creating some digital masterpieces. As well as this, there is an extensive showcase chapter in which other photographer-artists work and working methods is laid bare for the reader to learn from. In short, this book will transform your perspective on portrait photography.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (30 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907579907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907579905
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By JustMe
It may be creative at times, it's sometimes portraiture, but photography it is NOT.

Miss Aniela expressively waxes lyrical about all the famous artists through history that she based her work on, or is inspired by. No problem...she's certainly got a talent with words and selling herself; if only her photography could support those words.

Almost every explanation of how Miss Aniela set up her (90% self portrait) shots simply details how she applied A LOT of heavy Photoshop to fix errors made while originally shooting. On the rare occasion that she did not admit to a mistake the "photography" is just a lot of compositing in Photoshop (adding parts of photos to other photos, such as adding a background to an existing shot, or adding a person to a background, replacing a sky etc.)

The other aspect is the cheating/trickery ("floating"/cloning people) which in my opinion gets pretty tedious and repetitive after the first few. If you want to learn this just do a search on Google for Multiplicity/cloning or 'floating in photoshop'. Not to mention the seemingly constant and narcissistic desire to pose naked in her self portraits, of which I can only really see one as being truly beneficial to the creative aspect of the photo.

In addition to this, any avid amateur or professional would certainly see the blatant errors in her editing immortalised in this book with so many halos around many of the composite figures. I find it surprising this these images actually comprise a book printed by Ilex, a respected and reputable publisher whose books rarely do anything but impress me.


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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Naked. Random pretty thing. Overlaying in Photoshop. Naked. Self-indulgent, photos. Naked. Overlay in Photoshop. Naked. Nude.

If you understood that, then you will have got more out of my review than I did out of the book. I bought this book hoping to gain an interesting, non-technical perspective into portraiture. Sadly the author is not yet capable of writing such a work. I think she has it in her, but I think she is currently lacking in the experience and consideration required to articulate anything philosophical or interesting about portraiture.

Most of the book is overly indulgent, nude self-portraits (involving overlaying frames) that seem to be justified post-shoot as opposed to taken with deliberate artistic intent. Every chapter conveys the same meagre information and ideas in a different setting, making the book very repetitive.

While I found it generally quite irritating to read, there were a few things that I found quite useful. Sadly I can't remember them for all the other rubbish that I was forced to wade through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of nice ideas for creative portraits 18 Aug 2014
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The first thing to do before buying this book is to have look online to see whether you like Natalie Dybisz style of photography. If you do not then you will not like the book, so do not buy it. If you like what she does (which I do), it is an excellent book. It assumes a reasonable knowledge of photoshop, which some reviewers have not liked, and basically talks you through a range of her photos and how they were shot and processed. She does not provide you with images to download so you can work through the processing, nor do you get enough detail on her workflow to do this, so it is not a strict instructional book along the lines of Matt Kloskowsi or Martin Evening. But if you want to get into creative portraiture using post-processing, there is plenty of stuff here to provide inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent. 4 Dec 2013
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Wow. A talented photographer offering a creative and conceptual approach to portraiture. If you want to get ahead of the competition this book gets you not only thinking, but experimenting. A great book for the coffee table too.
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There is a distinction between classic portraiture and the modern, creative form. With classic portraiture, the concept was to show the personality of the sitter and sometimes their profession or occupation, and certainly not least, for the sitter to be recognisable. In the 1930s-50s, the names to follow would have been those of Cecil Beaton and Yousef Karsh for their studio work and Edward Weston and Robert Doisneau for location photography. From the 60s onwards, it would be David Bailey, Richard Avedon, and the Lords Snowdon and Lichfield, amongst others. Although they often photographed those becoming famous and famous, the viewer can often understand what the sitter is if not whom. With creative portraiture, the purpose is very different and it is often more about the photographer and the final image than the subject/sitter, who is usually irrelevant, unknown and non-identifiable. The end purpose is perceptive art!

With most classic portraiture, there may sometimes be some retouching and, if originally for advertising purposes, more extensive retouching would be acceptable, but there would be a limit as to how far was too far. Creative portraiture has no limits; the original image may form the basis for that presented but may include substantial layering, object removal and addition, extensive retouching and other techniques available via Photoshop and sometimes also Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. The face, rather than occupying a major portion of the image space, can either be obscured or in deep shadow, turned away from the camera, or so tiny as to be unrecognisable. In essence, the person in the image is almost incidental and sufficiently unimportant as to be replaceable by any other.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very ceative
This book is packed with very technically brilliant photos. However the general type of photography is a bit nearer to fine art / designer type shots that are far from the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by COLIN MILNE
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
I bought the book on a whim, I hadn't come across Dybisz's work before but it caught my eye looking for books on portraiture. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Early days still but love the inspiration!
If you are looking for a photography book that shows and describes very high-end creative, stylish photography to wet your taste buds for what can be done, this is an excellent... Read more
Published 17 months ago by RJ_Photo
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really what I was expecting
Usually a big fan of ILEX books but this is really not that great. It didn't stir my creative juices at all.
Published 20 months ago by michaeldsims
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book.
A Great Book, that's easy to read and understand. It has great quality pictures with titles & explanations. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational cracker of a book
This is a must-have for anyone on the cutting edge of photography. An original, comprehensive book, filled with a plethora of inspirational images. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have long been a fan of Miss Aniela and this book follows on from her earlier book last summer. I can't recommend this book enough - if you have an interest in producing stunning... Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by Martin
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