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Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 28 Sep 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321804147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321804143
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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"Portrait photographers are powerful people. For a given period they own their subject and that fact carries great responsibility whether the subjects are VIPs or just regular humans. Brian Smith takes us through the subtleties and on past the hard-core practicalities of portrait photography of the famous and infamous. His observations and instructions in this fine book define and serve the art of the photo portrait. Any photographer who has digested The Secrets of Great Portrait Photography will be sure to wield his or her power with knowledge and judgment.”

–Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photographer and Legend


The same humor and enthusiasm that has made Brian Smith a popular speaker can be found here in his insider anecdotes about photographing celebrities on assignment. He gives clear explanations of all the techniques, from the elegantly simple to the technically sophisticated, that have helped him solve the problems every pro encounters:  Shy or busy subjects, not so gorgeous locations, less than perfect lighting conditions, the need to tell a big story in a single frame.  Alongside each assignment, he provides the definition of each professional tool he uses, and thanks to the book’s handy design, these informative details never interrupt the flow of a good story.

–Holly Stuart Hughes, Editor in Chief, Photo District News


"Brian Smith demonstrates on every page of this terrific book that the real secrets of great portrait photography are the warmth, wit, and skill that he brings to every shot. He laces the stories behind his vibrant portraits with loads of useful tips and easy-to-understand techniques. And he shows you how to create a visible connection with anyone in front of your lens, from movie stars to strangers on the street."

–Miriam Leuchter, Editor-in-Chief, Popular Photography

About the Author

For the past 30 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith's bold, iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes, and executives have appeared in advertising and graced the covers and pages of such magazines as LIFE, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, and British GQ. Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympics and was a Pulitzer finalist for his photographs of Haiti in turmoil. He's a Sony Artisan of Imagery, Lowepro Lowe Professional, X-Rite Coloratti, and he's president of Editorial Photographers, an organization of the top magazine photographers and newspaper photojournalists from around the world.

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Some interesting ideas but terrible portraits. Sadly Smith's photos are pretty standard magazine portraits that actually show very little of the real character of his subjects. The pictures are staged and very stiff and the sort of images you see quite often in local newspapers. If only he'd followed some of his own ideas presented in his book. What reading this book does do is confirm my belief that you should never buy anything with 'secrets' in the title and when it comes to photography, the best way to learn is to just do it and develop your own style. By all means look at the pictures of great photographers but doing it is the best way to learn.
I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to buy this however....
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Well reproduced and interesting book which makes you think about how to go about photographing people rather than just pointing a camera at them
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I saw the YouTube video presentation and now reading the book. Really enjoyed both and feel lifted by the apeaker/author and his confident without being egotistical style. Recommended.
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Great images and a very useful book. The only downside is that it doesn't give any camera settings, but it's more of a guide on how to work with the subjects.
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Brilliant book. Brian Smith's images are just excellent and well presented with the stories to go with them.
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