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Very helpful and inspiring,
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This review is from: Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity Editorial Photography (Paperback)
This is a great book from one of the most prestigious portrait photographers in the US. Strange in a way for someone in such a position to be revealing so many trade secrets but the most interesting tips are the ones unsaid, you look at the pictures and think about your own concepts. Each section of the book focuses on a different area and includes a finished piece - such as the iconic cross processed picture of Mulder & Scully for the X-Files, and on the opposite page, an explanation for how it was achieved - where the lights were etc, he also talks about the kinds of cameras he uses but don't look to have the debate between film and digital cleared up here, Grecco obviously still enjoys both. Unless you already have a studio where you can experiment quite a lot - some of the set-ups are expensive in terms of room they'd require to create the most valuable part of the book is simply examples of his portraiture and then after seeing one you like, browsing his recipe for achieving that look.