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Master's Guide to Wedding Photography: Capturing Unforgettable Moments and Lasting Impressions Paperback – 18 Jan 2007
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"Internationally acclaimed photographer Marcus Bell used his years of expertise to create this highly informative guide on the art of wedding photography." --"Shutterbug"
"Bell offers tips on developing your photographic style, nurturing client relationships, personalizing your approach to each wedding, and presenting standout images and album designs." --"Studio Photography"
From the history of photography and how to shoot wedding portraits to creating stylish albums and working with digital output, everything a wedding photographer needs to know is included in this all-encompassing manual. Photographers are provided with a shooting guide that walks them through the wedding day and offers advice on a variety of topics - including integrating detail, capturing the walk down the aisle, working in and out of doors, and finding and illustrating key relationships. Traditional and in methods of wedding photography are depicted in an educational timeline that explores past, present, and future trends in the field; current photo manipulation software, such as Adobe Photoshop and compatible plug-ins, are also discussed. Emphasis is placed on client interaction both before and after the big day, transforming prints into fine arts products, and developing and fine-tuning a creative shooting style.See all Product description
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Marcus Bell writes with ease, is clear in his explanations, the images used are sublime - can you tell yet that I'm a fan of this book?!?
One thought about most books like this would be a 'How to' from start to finish. By this I mean the initial image would generally not look like the finished print that you or I see meaning most will get '...shopped'. So, personal taste aside I'm also keen to know what he did as a step by step guide to the finished print. That'll be too much to ask as it may be perceived as giving secrets away.
All in all - great book.
I bought this book because I have been asked to photograph a wedding and, as a landscape photographer, I know there is a lot I need to learn. I am particuarly worried that my camera won't cope with the low-light conditions and wonder if my lens selection is up to the task. Unfortunately, the section about equipment doesn't help. It merely says that wedding photographers should buy better equipment as they get more work. Such an obvious statement is not helpful.
The selection of topics is poor and the subject matter is so thinly spread that it is difficult to imagine any serious amateur learning anything from it. In particular, the author fails to offer advice for really tricky situations (what are you supposed to do if it rains when you're supposed to be taking group shots outdoors?) What a let down.
Theres some nice photoshop techniques detailed along with a lot of practical tips, if i had to make one criticism, the first few chapters do seem a little too personal and even boastful maybe, but overall its a fantastic book. Complete newcomers to wedding photography may find a less 'artistic' book useful to back this one up.