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Photographing People: Portraits, Fashion, Glamour (Revised Edition) Paperback – 1 Aug 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: RotoVision; New edition (1 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 294037807X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940378074
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 19.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A fantastic resource for teaching yourself the basics of the portrait genre in an easy-to-follow manner." -- Digital Photographer, March 2007

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The phenomenally successful "Photographing People" owed its success to its inspiring and comprehensive showcase of professional lighting techniques featuring exciting and innovative work from photographers around the world. Now available in a revised and updated paperback edition, it covers the genres of portraits, fashion and glamour photography with depth and clarity. Although a vast range and diversity of work is on display, the key element in each shot is the lighting. For every featured photograph, the lighting setup is illustrated by helpful 3D diagrams, along with expert explanations and advice on potential problems that might arise, alongside suggested solutions. This book is therefore a unique source of information and inspiration for the keen amateur and the established professional alike.

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there are some great pics in this book and it shows where to place your studio lights. the lighting set-ups cover everything from a simple on camera flash to several studio lights.

There is no technical information in this book, so if you want to know how to set up your lights you'll be somewhat dissapointed.
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As noted elsewhere, the book looks well presented with lighting diagrams for each picture. But, if you look at the catchlights and the shadows, you can clearly see that the lighting diagrams are inaccurate and the descriptions wrong. This alone is enough to make me feel like I've been conned out of my money.

There is also not much substance for what each portrait/image is giving - is this a dynamic portrait, is it a intimate portrait, what makes this an intimate portrati? The book answers none of these questions which is what I was hoping to get out of something like this. I could easily look through Vogue or any other magazine for a list of photos.

The txt focuses on gear (cameras and film) rather than the reasons for the image and what makes a a type of image.

Not recommended.
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Reading this book makes you feel like you've gone back a decade or so, and you're no longer in the very real world of digitial photography. Examples are old-hat, film-based, and fairly pedestrian. There's also a healthy smattering of pseudo-artistic waffle from contributors, at the expense of more useful detail behind each example. Did they put the wrong publication date on this book??
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I have just started studying photography at college, and whilst browsing the vast collection of books in the library, I came across this wee gem. Infact I loved it so much I bought it when I got home.

It's great!

It basically gives you different portraits from various photographers and how they achieved the desired effects. Each picture comes with a diagram of how the studio is set up, aswell as comment,s / tips from the photographers them selves.

I would say for the price you can't afford not to buy this book if your into studio photography :)
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This book has some great pictures of lighting set-ups and is useful for that but the resulting prints are not reflective of the techniques used. Most of the shots have been taken using medium format film cameras and the resulting print is more down to the processing and printing than the lighting used. I am also amazed at how many of the shots are out of focus and presume this has been done for arty effect. I think you would be better spending your money on a lighting course to get the best experience of lighting.
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I have found this book to be a great source of inspiration, and it has encouraged me to experiment with portrait photography. The lighting set-ups are only aproximate, (it doesn't go into much detail on distances, relative power of lights etc.) but if you're buying this book you probably have enough knowledge or enthusiasm to experiment a bit and besides every setup is different so a guide probably should't be too prescriptive. Covers a great range of portrait styles, and while it assumes a certain amount of basic knowledge I think this would be useful for most enthusiasts.
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Photographing People: Portraits, Fashion, Glamour (Revised Edition): Portraits, Fashion, Glamour At first glance this seems lake an interesting book with some very powerful portraits. However closer examination reveals that the author has an over active imagination when it comes to translating the lighting set up used by the photographer with the diagram. The givaway is in the shadows. In too many cases the diagrams suggest the set up was the complete reverse of that depicted. Shadows are on the wrong side or are too harsh for the set up or to short or long for the position of the lights. These mistakes distract greatly from the value of the book as a source of accurate information. If you want to learn how to set up studio lighting, get a basic primer on the subject.
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