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The Portrait Photography Course Paperback – 15 Sep 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408145421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408145425
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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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The title and one of the other reviews initially put me off buying this book because I expected it to be more theoretical than practical. However, a quick flick through the pages in a local bookshop convinced me to buy it from Amazon.

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!
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I bought this book to add to the many others I have on portrait photography.
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.
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This was bought as a christmas present for my partner who has got into photography in a big way after suffering brain injuries after a work accident. I had originally bought it home from the library for him and decided to buy it after I couldn't prise it away from him to take back. His face when he unwrapped it on christmas morning said it all. He's told me it is one of the best books he has read on photography......and he's read a lot!!! He's always delving into it and has reccomended it to everyone on his photography course.
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This book does not live up to its name. Although it might be considered a resource for a classroom setting or someone interested in historical photos, the actual "course" is a simple one paragraph insert for each lesson that emphasizes artistic interpretation not technique, equipment, lenses, etc. As a home resource it is very limited and I would not describe it as a "course" by any interpretation. My perception of a course is that there should be actual interactive lesson plans where he or she would learn useful information about how to take a portrait such as lighting, lenses, aperture, etc., and then build upon each lesson. Do NOT purchase this book if those are your goals.
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Not bad but more academic than practical. I didn't learn anything from this book and the portraits featured were mostly by students. Not sure where this fits in the market place - it's not instructional enough for beginners and it doesn't feature anything particularly of interest to an advanced photographer. It's a nice book, well presented. I'm just not sure of it's purpose.
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This book is not delivering real knowledge but just general aspects on different matters, it should be considered only if you are a total beginner.
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I wanted to buy a book to set a soil for my future investment in a SLR camera. It is a great book because it helped me to pin point what is exactly what I want, what i need, how to get the most of it and what could be the possible future paths to take in photography. Even if you dont know whether you want to follow portraiture, this book is really helpful into giving you a smart scope of everything you need to know about professional photography. Again, on a basic level but challenging enough to encourage you to look for more.

Seriously, take your hobby further, and learn how can a basic (and cheap) knowledge can boost your vision.
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I brought this book as I have recently wanted to become more confident when it comes to portrait photography. I did photography at college but found I struggled with portrait. This book is really good, it gives loads of useful information and also sections where you can try things out yourself with the help of the book. Really good buy.
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