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Pro Digital Fashion Photography: A Complete Reference Guide to the Tools and Techniques of Successful Digital Fashion Photography [Paperback]

Bruce Smith
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10 Nov 2008
One of the highest paid positions in photography is that of the professional fashion photographer. If you have a passion for fashion and want to shoot fantastic pictures, Pro Digital Fashion Photography will help to put you at the forefront of this competitive field. This book contains countless insights, tips and techniques that will inspire you to develop your own skills and style - so you too can capture the glamour, dynamism, and sophistication of the fashion industry. The book comprehensively examines every aspect of fashion photography, from high-end beauty and fashion photography to catwalk, swimwear, and lingerie shots. It clearly explains all the key information, from setting up the perfect studio and working with models, to post-production skills and how to break into, and compete within, the fashion photography business. This unique hands-on title will give you the tools required to create a winning portfolio, and ultimately to succeed in the world of fashion photography.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (10 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905814380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905814381
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this as an enthusiastic amateur/semi-pro looking to get into fashion photography and this book is superb in delivering the information I need.

If you're looking for a comprehensive 'How-to' guide for producing glamour shots, you really should buy this book. I also bought The Fashion Photography Course: First Principles to Successful Shoot - the Essential Guide, which is just as good, but each cover things in a slightly different way, giving you a much better understanding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A. Kerr
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A really good book, with lots of insight into the life of a pro photographer, it's packed with useful information that could help you on the road to becoming a pro photographer. Images are great with plenty of tips on how to attain this level of image making.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical for those new to fashion photography 9 April 2009
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Let's let Bruce Smith talk for himself from the first few pages...

"I believe that the most important thing when shooting fashion pictures is to ensure that you create positive energy between yourself and your model. This in turn feeds the content of your work. Fashion pictures must have content and energy. Without these qualities, you haven't got fashion pictures."

"My guess is that most people see so many images that they spend very little time really looking at them. Your job is to make people look twice."

"If your pictures make people stop what they're doing and take a good look at them, you will not only have made your client very happy, you will have achieved something special as a photographer."

"Creating great photographs isn't just about the size of your digital files - it's about the content of the pictures. It's about what you do with your equipment and if you haven't got content, your pictures will fail, whatever the resolution of the sensor in your camera."

Geeze, Louise, this bloke is talking so much sense that I want to have his babies.

Bruce really does go through the whole thing. The first few pages felt like it was ging to be a showcase of his images, but then when it got to the kit page, things started coming together. The book goes through all the bits and pieces and just shows how professional a professional has to be. Bruce has detailed all the rules and shown all the creases that need to be ironed out, as well as showing how to push the steam assist button on the iron.

Lighting, reflection, team work, location, backgrounds, team work, model selection, understanding the client, team work, visualising and colour, planning, team work, time management ... it's all in here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is book is great for an amateur or someone just starting out on their own...for a professional already in the field, there is nothing new.

I hoped to get more on the business side of fashion photography- "trade" - the bit I'm actually struggling with. esp cracking the market - just lightly touches it.

For me it was more of a refresher of the techniques I had learnt while assisting - I do hope there is more on the business side of fashion photography in the future editions.

thx Bruce great book. I guess I was not the intended audience.

funny the American Edition has "Trade" mentioned in the title...not the UK one (which I have!) - Fashion Photography: A Complete Guide to the Tools and Techniques of the Trade
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is an excellent insight into the world of the fashion photographer. Bruce Smith has over thirty years experience in the fashion photography world and this book explains how to photograph fashion and how to move yourself up in the fashion world. The book explains lighting, working with models, photoshop, promoting yourself and much more. Would recommend this book to anyone also his hands on Masterclasses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PACKS A PUNCH 14 Nov 2008
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This is a real treat for anyone that wants to learn about/or understand digital fashion photograhy.Its packed with useful information,recommended!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it - you will not regret it... 16 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I like to recommend books to my photography students; however, recommendations must come from me, this means I own quite a few rubbish books.

So, I bought two book "Pro Digital Fashion Photography" (this book) and "The Fashion Photography Course".

To my surprise both these books are brilliant, I could not give a higher recommendation. If you are interested in Fashion Photography, then you need both these books.

Please click on the link below to view the other recommended book.
The Fashion Photography Course: First Principles to Successful Shoot - the Essential Guide
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality fashion photography book 14 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book in a bundle along with Eliot Siegel's "The Fashion Photography Course: First Principles to Successful Shoot - the Essential Guide" and I must confess I prefer Eliot's book to this one.

That said this is a good book that covers all the major points. I feel the pictures are better in this book but the information and diagrams on things like lighting setups is better in Siegel's book.

Still a really good book but I'd recommend buying the bundle including Siegel's or if your budget will only stretch to one then I'd choose Siegel's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruces Book
Having bought the book for some holiday reading it really inspired me to progress as a photographer, and some of those pennies dropped. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Bont
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion
Excellent book, beautiful images, clear and easy to understand - Bruce Smith is an amazing photographer and a very generous tutor. Love his work.
Published 10 months ago by Blandg
5.0 out of 5 stars From The Author of Pro Digital Fashion Photography A Complete Guide
A note from the Author

Firstly I would like to thank all of those that bought my book and even more so to those that made the effort to review my book on here as well as... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by Bruce Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for starting out!
I brought this as a guide to taking some fashion style photos for a friend. I've already got a few books on portrait photography and was concerned that I got something focused on... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2009 by A. WHITE
4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview
Whilst this book isnt going to teach you how to do everything you need, it offers a huge amount of valuable insights and leads. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2009 by M. Bridge-wilkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars What about how?
This book is mostly a "what" book and the problem is that the "what" part if you think about it for a moment is rather obvious: "make your model feel comfortable when you shoot" -... Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2009 by Erik Norgaard
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information
I ordered this book after discovering Bruce Smiths training courses on the internet. The book is very well presented and the information its offers is invaluable. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2009 by Mr. C. W. Riddell
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