- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Ilex Press (30 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907579907
- ISBN-13: 978-1907579905
- Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 1.1 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Creative Portrait Photography Paperback – 30 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Since shooting to internet fame under the name Miss Aniela, Natalie Dybisz's work has been internationally exhibited in galleries and fairs worldwide, and millions have seen her work online. She has been described as a "star" by both American Photo and, as well as "technically flawless" by Digital Photo Pro magazine. Millions have seen her work online, and she has appeared in leading newspapers and on BBC television. Also published by Ilex, her first book, Self-Portrait Photography, is available now.
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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This was also bought as part of a Xmas present my friend was very pleased with it.Published 1 month ago by Margaret Barnett
Really interesting ideas and techniques. It is a good inspiration for sparking your creativity and ideas, for portrait or fashion photography. Has many photoshop ideas. I like it.Published 11 months ago by PEDRO MENDES DA SILVA
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 morePublished on 16 Dec. 2013 by Kindle Customer
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 morePublished on 1 Jun. 2013 by Natasha
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 morePublished on 9 May 2013 by RJ_Photo
Usually a big fan of ILEX books but this is really not that great. It didn't stir my creative juices at all.Published on 12 Feb. 2013 by michaeldsims