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Bryan Peterson brings a fresh approach to portraiture in this book. He outlines the basics of portrait photography very well, but, with numerous interesting examples, then takes us beyond what is traditionally regarded as 'portrait photography'.

If you only own one book about portraits, this is a good one, because it covers the material well. However, most other portrait books do take the photographer in a similar 'beyond portraiture' direction, and so this is likely to be less revolutionary if you already have such books.

This is a good book for someone who has mastered all the basic photographic techniques, and wants something that will challenge and inspire them for some time.

Warmly recommended.
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on 30 December 2012
Bryan Peterson has published a number of books on photography, some of which are regarded as classics.e.g. Understanding Exposure, Understanding Flash Photography. This one is ok, but definitely not comparable to his best works. His great strength is explaining the technical aspects of photography in an accessible manner, and this book is certainly very easy to understand. However, where I consider it to be less useful than the other two books mentioned is that the content is far less technical, and covers a number of aspects of portrait photography which are fairly simple to understand anyway. In fact, most of the chapters could be condensed into a few sentences each as the concepts described need very little explanation, which was not the case with Understanding Exposure. Possibly this book might be informative to a complete beginner, but it is not a book that will help someone who knows the basics to move to the next level.
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on 7 June 2014
I love Bryan Peterson's books, this one is no exception.
I did not expect a discussion on the psychology of human behaviour as applied to portrait photography and yet it all made perfect sense. This book along with Bryan's other books has completely made learning photography an enjoyable process for me. Along with his very colourful and inspirational images, his writing style is easy to digest, understand and encouraging to implement with camera in hand.
Highly recommended.
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on 27 September 2015
Straightforward, no-nonsense approach to portraiture. Clearly written and full of examples of Brian's approach to taking photographs. There is also a section on post processing. I wish all photography books were as well written as this one. Recommended !
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on 24 August 2010
The +'s: clear, easy to read, shares some good tips on lenses and composition.
The -'s: too little info on lightning, use (or not) of flash (really important aspects of portraiture photography, even outdoors), insists too much on phylosophical aspects ( we are all different, connect with your subject, etc.). I don't need full chapters to understand that the model has to be at ease for good pics.
It still is a good book with nice pictures. I believe the author is mainly a good technician with an artist's view, he is also realistic and discusses commercial (stock) opportunities.
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on 15 March 2014
Good book. Doest try to teach you how to use a camera but focuses on what it says on the cover. Would recommend it.
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on 12 November 2014
Bryan is one of the most skilled teachers when it comes to photography. I also love his videos on YouTube.
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on 28 March 2016
Very good, plenty of useful tips, a pleasure to read.
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on 6 November 2014
Love Bryan's books
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on 5 July 2014
Good read...
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