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on 9 March 2014
This is the complete package of creating a good portrait photographer within anyone interested in becoming a creative portrait photographer.

The author takes us from looking at the sitter finding their best side to apply the right pose and lighting. This is the easiest teaching on lighting ratios I have ever read. Great diagrammed superb examples of posing. Providing direction for correct lighting and poses for a fuller figure.face, long or broad nose etc.

Please be aware, but the Author has written this book on basis of a film camera, rather than digital, but this does not matter on how excellent the author has put together this book.

I now feel confident in being able to create professional looking portraits. I can now throw the 8/10 books away, that cost a lot and taught me nothing. I wish I found this book earlier.
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on 7 February 2017
A great help for all budding portrait photographers
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on 17 July 2014
Although the cover seems dated, it does provide the necessary information I needed. I believe it ones of the better books on the market explaining lightening and posing your subjects.
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on 10 November 2013
Too old-fashioned for my liking but useful for traditional photographers. Arrived in great condition though and no problem with payment etc.
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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 August 2008
This book was written in the days of film only.
The author spends time on how to select the of film for each type of image, and camera selection, with no reference to digital.

There is a chapter on special photographic techniques, which is all about creating effects in camera that can be done easily and quickly with the simplest photo-editing software.

The lighting chapter suggests taking polaroids to check the set up. In the age of digital we have review, histograms etc on camera.

This book is good on the basics of lighting and posing but needs revising to take into account the digital revolution. It is also expensive for the amount of content.
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on 25 August 2003
The first half of this book is spent discussing text book style lighting set ups, and the rest concentrates on the actual posing techniques.
The book is pretty thorough describing placement of key and fill lights separately along with sample photographs to highlight the different effects achieved. Different light modifiers are discussed as is various studio equipment and terminology along the way. Background lighting, accent lights and area lighting are also covered.
Lighting diagrams are clear and easy to follow as is the accompanying text.
Posing for head and shoulders through to full length is covered and a handy posing circle template is included at the back of the book for those that want to give it a go.
Couples and groups are briefly covered as are some special techniques. A gallery of portraits is included to round off the book.
A book that is very worthwhile for studio portrait beginners with access to some basic lighting equipment (two or three studio heads with umbrellas, some reflectors, and a flash meter) and who are prepared to work through the examples shown in the book and to learn by doing so.
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on 8 January 2004
If you are a beginner / idiot like me then this is ideal, it helps you through the jargon and the basics and shows you different light set ups for different requirements.
I would also recommend if you are new to this then consider using such lighting with a digital camera as you can then see the results instantly and learn more about light set-ups in your first days than you would in 6 months of running to/from Boots 1 hour processing.
(By the way make sure your digi cam is capable to work with powerful studio lighting of course)
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