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100 Ways to Take Better Portrait Photographs [Paperback]

Bjorn Thomassen , Daniel Lezano
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1 Sep 2006
This is an easy-reference guide to the many aspects of portrait photography, from informal social photography to professional commissions. It features more than 100 stunning photographs from BIPP International Fine Art Photographer of the Year winner Bjorn Thomassen. It also includes 100 practical and inspirational techniques and tips for finding new ways of composing portraits, making the most of colour, black and white and digital, and earning a living as a professional portraitist.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (1 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715323253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715323250
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 21.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bjorn Thomassen has won many prestigious awards including the BIPP International Fine Art Photographer of the year. His work articles have featured in many of the UK's leading magazines and educational journals. Daniel Lezano is the editor of popular magazine Photography Monthly. He is the author of The Photography Bible, D&C 2004). Bjorn lives in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Daniel lives in Peterborough.

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Although it is true that portraits can be taken using virtually any type of camera outfit, there are some that are particularly suited to the genre. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars 100 Ways to Take Better Portrait Photographs 2 Oct 2006
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The title says it all. 100 images providing ideas for creating different portraits. There is little technical detail on each image, except shutter f stop, ISO speed and camera used, and no diagrams for suggested setups but there are useful hints and tips. Some great images but not a technical how to book. Something I will delve into to gain creative ideas when needing inspiration.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aren't I brilliant! 17 Feb 2011
By Bob
I bought this book in the hope that it would be useful in helping me to take better pictures of people. In reality it's a book with lots of really, really nice pictures, but very little information or educational content that would help you become a better photographer.

I read somewhere that some books seem to just be an advertisement for someones portfolio, and this certainly seems to be the case here. There is no doubt that the author(s) are incredibly talented portrait photographers but if they'd made this book "100 Ways to Take Better Portrait Photographs and How to Make Them Look This Good!" this would have been a much better book. As it stands it is more off-putting than helpful as you are left with no idea how to achieve such fantastic results, which, to be honest, just makes you feel a bit stupid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value but has its limits 20 Feb 2014
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I treat this more as an ideas book and it certainly fills that role. There are other, different books out there but I havent found a perfect posing/portrait book which I am happy with yet. There are some technical details but for me the value is in actually looking at the photograph and working out how I would take it with my equipment. If you are new to photography you may find the hand holding regarding F stop etc useful, however the more experienced photographer should have this basic knowledge anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as it should be. 7 Oct 2012
The cover clearly shows that this book is a collaboration between a respected photographer and an equally respected photographic journalist and sometime editor of at least one of the UK's leading photographic magazines. I don't know that Dan Lezano has ever won any major journalistic awards, although I can remember some of his earliest writings many years ago for a weekly magazine before subsequently moving to the monthlies some years later although the photographer here has several European awards to his name. The images here are pretty good and stand well enough to show the photographer's capabilities.

With what would be a presumably strong partnership of writer and photographer, the book should be better than it is. It loses out mostly on the lack of any real connection between the two; they are not friends, reside in different countries, know little of each other and may be unable to communicate effectively without an intermediate translator. I have books on photography which were neither written or originally published in English, but were translated after publication in the original country. There are many under the Focal Press umbrella and from New Riders where the publisher has acquired the English-language rights from a non-English speaking, and usually European, author and the respective titles have been well-received and reviewed.

The book simply lacks a warmth deriving from personal involvement that a single author may provide. Lezano presumably had no first-hand input into the taking of those photographs, need not have chosen them and may know little of the circumstances under which they were taken. There are successful photographic writing partnerships but this is not one.
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