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The Portrait Photography Course Paperback – 15 Sep 2011
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A good balance of text, illustrative diagrams and photography. With over 200 pages of advice and a guide price of £20, it represents excellent value for money. 5* --Digital SLR Photography
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Mark Jenkinson has been a professional photographer for over 25 years working on a wide range of projects including photo-journalism, portraiture, fashion and automotive. His work has appeared in virtually every major magazine in the world including Fortune, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Der Stern, and Playboy to name a few. In 1996 he wrote his first story as a participatory journalist on learning to race motorcycles, since then he has written forty feature stories on sports and adventures that have had him speed skiing, racing motorcycles in the Arctic cold and the desert heat, racing cars, and qualifying for the US luge team. Mark also works on personal fine art projects, and has been teaching photography at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts for over 25 years.
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My book arrived today and I started reading it immediately. The book is divided into chapters referred to as 'tutorials' and contains interviews with, as well as portfolios of established photographers.
I have read many books on portrait photography and this is the most comprehensive book that I've come across so far. In addition to the usual stuff on equipment and lighting, it also covers posing, the use of props, the effect of shadows, and post production. There's also a little bit on the history of portraiture, psychology and cliches. Granted this might not be of interest to everyone but I found it useful just to put things into context - horses for courses, I suppose.
I am an experienced photographer but even I can see scope for innovation, personal and professional development in this book!
What I found was a book that made me question my knowledge of what a camera and lens is doing and how light works. Much of the physics I already knew. However I had forgotten how important basic principles are.
It is a book that instructs you to question and encourages you to question.
If carrying out tests on your lenses is the only thing you learn from this book then it will have paid for itself.
It is not a book for dipping into but one to make you think for yourself; not to copy blindly but to encourage you to think about what you are doing and what is happening.
Seriously, take your hobby further, and learn how can a basic (and cheap) knowledge can boost your vision.
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Great read I thouroghly enjoyed this book and it certainly makes you think about the pictures your taking, will keep and read again and againPublished on 20 May 2014 by Wendy M.
A first class and well prepred and writen course.
This is the very best publication of it's kind I have enjoyed.in many years of photographic work. Read more
I bought this book as a birthday present for my daughter in law, she was over the moon with it and intends to work her way through the book. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Squirrel
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