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Digital Portrait Photography: Art, Business and Style (A Lark Photography Book) Paperback – 1 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S. (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600593356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600593352
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the distillation of three decades of experience from a photographer that knows what he is doing; it offers something for almost everyone who loves portraiture. I do not earn a living from photography, but would like to be good enough to do so, if I choose to. So I was looking for a book to inform, inspire, challenge and "tell it like it is"; I was not dissapointed. Steve Sint covers much of the ground in an accessible writing style, with chapter headings ranging from portrait psychology, framing, lighting - both basic and advanced, lights, posing - face and body, make up, equipment, and the business side of photography. To be honest, I skipped much of the first chapter on portrait psychology, because i think that anyone who is interested in capturing images of people, should actually like people, and have some sensitivity about how best to engage them. But from there on, the book worked for me. Perhaps the one complaint I have was the font size, a little small for me, but I guess it was a trade-off between font size and the size of the book; it is over 220 pages. In summary, Encyclopaedic, no, but no single volume could do that. It is however, a book for a serious enthusiast to read or dip into just to see how a seasoned professional might approach the task.
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A classic case of never judge a book by its cover, while the image on the front looks reasonably modern it's not a sign of things to come when you look inside the book. While there are a few Ok images most of which are rather old fashioned and wouldn't look out of place in the late 80's to early 90's.

It's certainly not a book you should purchase if in the UK and are looking for examples of portrait images to take inspiration from as they are classic American-style portrait shots, for example, a 12yr old in front of a fire place wearing a blue shirt, yellow tie, dark blue blazer with gold over-sized buttons and cream coloured trousers! ....picture a young Carlton off the Fresh Prince of Bel-air!

On the plus side there are some technical tips on lighting and equipment so I'm sure some will find it useful but (like many photography books) there are no information underneath each image displaying shutter speed, aperture and ISO which is annoying as it is useful to know sometimes.

On the whole the pro's don't outweigh the cons I'm afraid and this will be sold shortly, probably to someone in the Big Apple where it came from.
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If you are looking for a thorough introduction to the whys, wherefores and hows of portrait photography and essential methodology in a studio then look no further. Steve Sint writes well. The book is based on his extensive experience. I read a lot and this is one of the best photography books I have read and will refer to time and time again. In my future reading I shall definitely consider more writing by Steve Sint. Highly recommended!
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This book is full of useful information, that goes into the technical side of portrait photography without being boring. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and learned a lot from it. If you are interested in portrait photography then this is the book for you.
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Before buying this book I read all the reviews, most of which were very positive, except one. I thought he must have been overly critical, but I'm afraid the only dissident is right. The basic tips and advice are ok, but nearly all the photos taken as examples are absolutely awful- old-fashioned and schmaltzy. If they have not been (over-)Photoshopped, they certainly give that appearance. The long-windedness and high opinion the author has of himself also put you off. However, that said, the author seems to know his business, at least on the technical if not the artistic side, and so unlike the other dissident here, I will not be throwing this book away or selling it. But there must be much better books around.
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Having read another 5 books on photography basics this year, I have to say that is the least inspiring of the lot...

The writter strives to persuade the reader of his skills and infinite knowledge which I find annoying and unnecessary.

Then, there are areas whose message could be expressed in a single line, but there are numerous paragraphs written.

Some parts are just too technical to grasp and the message is completely lost. I just hate having to read a page over and over to get the point.

All this results in a reading that lacks pace and forces the reader to scan through pages to find just the info he really needs.

Quite a lot of information, but the way it's written leaves a lot to be desired...
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