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People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs

People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs [Kindle Edition]

Chris Orwig
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Bestselling author/photographer Chris Orwig offers 30 photographic exercises to renew your passion for capturing the people in your world. This is not a traditional portrait photography book. The goal isn’t flattery, but connection and depth. Whether you are a student, busy parent, or seasoned pro photographer, these exercises provide an accessible framework for exploration and growth.
With titles like: Be Quiet, Turn the Camera Around, and the Fabric of Family, each of the 30 exercises encourages you to have fun and experiment at your own pace. With step-by-step instructions and using natural light, you will explore everything from street, lifestyle, candid, and environmental shots. The projects are small artistic endeavors meant to change how you see and the pictures that you make. All that’s required is a camera, an intrepid attitude, curiosity, and some imagination.

About the Author

Chris Orwig is a visual artist who brings passion to all that he does. He is a pro photographer, speaker, and on the professional photography faculty at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of the bestselling title, Visual Poetry: A Creative Guide for Making Engaging Digital Photographs (New Riders/Voices that Matter).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4365 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (15 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005N8AGPI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm currently undecided about this book.... 22 Mar 2012
I purchased this book because I want to increase my skill at taking great pics of people and I don't yet know if it has helped me do that. What it has done is get me thinking about my photography in a different way with 'learning objectives' in each chapter, a few tips and in general, things that I hadn't really considered before. Will I complete the 30 exercises - probably not. There is something to be taken from this book, I just don't yet know if it's £19.99 worth of 'something'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars People Pictures 14 Nov 2011
By Jamie T
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Chris Orwig is an excellent communicator and in this book,as in the other books that he has written and I have purchased, he enables the reader to understand his photographic vision and thereby to develop one's own skills. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to the photographer who wishes to become more proficient in portrait photography. It is an excellent companion to the information that Chris makes available on his website.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 22 Nov 2011
By Willem
I'm a big fan of Chris Orwig's video tutorials and I've picked up quite a few things from these videos and some of his earlier books. However, when reading this book on portrait photography, I was hugely disappointed. The book effectively consists of 30 exercises, which is not a big surprise given its title... However, I just don't see why some of these exercises consist of buying film a camera, doing a 10 minute shoot with someone you know, drawing visual maps of myself in which I describe myself in 30 words. Maybe I'm not in the right mood, but I just don't see how that's helping my portrait photography. Exercises like "Contact two photographers whose work you admire and do a photo shoot and interview with them" is not very practical for most of us.

Still, the photos in the book might give you inspiration (although I thought that most of the post-processing was a bit repetative - p. 15 and 179 are processed in exactly the same way and there are many other examples throughout the book), but all in all I thought it was very disappointing. Not recommended at all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catch a moment of fullness and expectation 29 Dec 2011
By J. Nipar - Published on
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So there's all kinds of reviews here that express disappointment that a book titled "30 Exercises" is chock full of "exercises". Crazy. Don't be fooled by these passive-aggressive reviews. This book is a gem.

As for my experience with the book it is *exactly* what I wanted. The chapters are short, concise and pointed. And you can accomplish them, in any order, if you simply try. There's no need to buy new lighting, no need for a new lens, no need to study rules of composition, no need to rent a studio, .... Just Go and Do It. Take some photos. Think about the essence of people. Look into their eyes - there's depth in there. Wait for it, Click. Chat it up. Wait a second, Click. How wonderful.

Not happy with your lighting? Go to a window. Find a garage. It's basic stuff, but it's organized for you to learn. Practice the right way and it'll all come together when it matters most to you, like on Christmas morning, or when you're enjoying a brew on the front porch with some buds. These exercises teach you to see that moment and capture it.

My favorite exercise is the one focused on developing your style. It's purely a white-paper and pen exercise, too, but taking the time to really think about what I wanted to capture makes so much difference. Just to share, my vision for people photographs is that they catch a moment of fullness and expectation, just like that split-second when the head of your brew crests the top of the mug. Cheers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Know about your subject and potrait photography 19 Jan 2012
By M. M. Konakanchi - Published on
Discloser: I am beginner to intermediate skilled DSLR owner, loves and spends free time with photogrphy.

This book is not about technical details of camera, neither about post processing. It more about taking inspiring potraits of people. Author has very good command in this field and knows what he says.

Book explains 30 different possibilities to improve the your portraits, keeping subject at ease and experiment photos based on subject life style. It helps you think out of box (may be known style for pro's). Most of all, encourages slowing down and appreciate your errors and best shots.

It provides the referrences to many great photographers and their works on internet. This will give broad view and differnt styles of photographs.
If you need some inspiration on taking great portraits or improve your potrait style or create your own. This book is for you.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 10 Nov 2011
By J. Lee - Published on
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Very inspiring and deep-thinking book by Orwig. I have his other book and must say that one is better than this one, but that doesn't mean this book is bad. He quotes from many famous photographers and artists that provide fresh perspectives into photography. There are some places that are a bit too philosophical, but generally anyone beyond the amateur level will find this book enlightening. By all means, do NOT buy this book if you're looking for shutter speeds and aperture settings! This is for people who already know how to take technical pictures but need a kick in the butt to get through photographer's block.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think of this book as photography technical manual 25 Mar 2012
By Carlos Trejos - Published on
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This is not the type of book that will instruct you to use this lens with this f-stop and shoot from this angle in this situation. Search amazon and you'll find a TON of those books.
The reader needs to understand that this is more like a photography seminar by distance. Since every chapter gives you homework, i.e. shoot 10 self portraits, or shoot 30 black and white people pictures, etc; you kind of get the feeling that you are with the author in a class room.
The objective of this book is to stimulate your creativity and create this mental exercise to clarify what's your own style and what type of pictures you wanna make.
Buy this book if you are willing to challenge yourself to start thinking different and you'll draw inspiration from it. If you want a photography manual, look somewhere else.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing images and access to Chris' thiinking on portraits 3 Nov 2011
By R. Skillman - Published on
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The cover alone stops me in my tracks. I am familiar with Chris Orwig because I subscribe to his blog. This is another excellent book by Chris. Following the exercises he gives leads to portraits that express my vision for the shoot.
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Rather than niceness or flattery, our pursuit is pictures that contain depth, honesty, connection, expression, and life. &quote;
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All we have in life, really, are people and moments. The portrait captures both simultaneously, and tells a story about the characters in our lives. It shows a person in a place and a time in which they will never be again; it stops the clock and says, “Look at this person; she matters. This moment matters.” And whether that portrait is serious or the brief result of a cheesecake grin, we’re a little closer to seeing the soul. &quote;
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