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Children's Portrait Photography Handbook: Techniques for Digital Photographers [Kindle Edition]

Bill Hurter
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Book Description

Packed with practical techniques that both inform and inspire, this professional guidebook to photographing children of all ages—from infants to teenagers—presents new strategies to maximize client cooperation and ensure smooth sessions. The entire child-based photographic process is addressed, including proper equipment selection, physical and behavioral controls for young subjects, working with black-and-white exposures, and using light to capture fast-moving subjects. Updated to include new software techniques—such as PhotoShop CS4—newly released hardware, and innovations in marketing and social networking, this collection of essential guidance and stunning images helps any photographer capture extraordinary, memorable portraits of children.

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About the Author

Bill Hurter is the editor of AfterCapture and Rangefinder magazines and the author of numerous photography books, including The Best of Wedding Photojournalism, The Portrait Photographer’s Guide to Posing, and The Portrait Photographer's Handbook. He lives in West Covina, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3593 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Inc.; 2 edition (July 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Children's Photography January 25, 2008
This book has outstanding photos and ideas. It really opens up the horizon on how to photograph children. We took some great shots of our 5 month old son after reading the book. However, the book assumes that you are a serious or professional photographer and neglects to explain some of the technical aspects in easy to understand terms for a novice wanting to merely learn how to take better pictures of children. Overall, though, definitely worth it for the photos and ideas.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect November 20, 2007
I am not a professional photographer, just so we get that out of the way. I recently graduated from a point and shoot digital camera that, while better than any camera I had owned previously, was not the nice unit I have now. I also have three little girls who are photogenic. Now, I have a book that has turned me into a better photographer of children. It was so easy to understand, so inspirational and so filled with wonderful examples that it sucked me in and spit me out with the knowledge to photograph my children anywhere, anytime and enjoy beautiful results. The interviews with professionals gave me insights that I never would have obtained elsewhere.
Now I take the pictures for my sister and for a few friends. Amazing book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another show off of pictures September 14, 2009
By Tiger
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This is not a good education book for beginners. It does show a lot of nice pictures. But no details of how these pictures taken. It gives many suggestions for better pictures as many other photography books do,but lacks the step-by-step instructions of how to apply those rules for nice pictures. It is more like a collection of the pictures of the author's friends. I found it is like most of other photograph books, no details on lighting (natural or studio) or composition or posing. For the most critical elements like lighting, posing and composition, it, like most other books, gives the principals only.
The book "Professional Secrets of Natural Light Portrait Photography " is much better because it tells you frankly the lighting and composition and posing of every pictures taken by the author.Douglas Allen Box 's book really offers something solid for improving photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait Book March 30, 2009
The book has a lot of good pictures and examples but I was hoping for more step by step instructions on what equipment I need and how to pose babies and children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Good Information August 20, 2009
By P.M.
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For studio and outdoor portraits, this book has a lot of good information in a wide range of aspects in photographing children. From technical information and advice to how you can manage children during sessions to obtain good results. Note: everything sound very easy as it is written, but when you get hands-on, you will need to do your homework. Great portraits included as example. Author does a beautiful job in the portrait business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Photographing Children Made Easy June 16, 2009
This book was very informative for me and helpful for me in posing my subjects and making my own portraits better. I wanted to know how to keep a childs attention and this book gave me that information not all photos are always based on a subjects attention sometimes you get your best photos when you catch the subject off gaurd. This book is so informative and awesome I recomend it to anyone who is a serious photographer of childern.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource October 27, 2008
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I am studying/practicing to become a professional children's photographer and I found this book to be very helpful, informative and insightful. The pictures in the book are just beautiful. There is little to no information about the camera details for each picture, as in shutter speed, aperature value, etc. However, the book is well written and is easy to read. I highly recommend this resource for aspiring portrait photographers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book with a lot of good ideas
Good book for reference material! I keep it close to keep my posing ideas varied! I would recommend this to anyone!
Published 16 months ago by George Mckay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great advice and tips for anyone wanting to improve their photography...
Throughout the book you will find numerous photographs from a number of talented photographers across the nation. Read more
Published on March 29, 2011 by T.W.
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful resource
This book is a helpful resource, although it seems to be a group of articles written separately, rather than cohesively for this book alone. Read more
Published on October 18, 2010 by Audrey Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A subject that needs more coverage
If you've ever tried to photograph a child, even your own, there will always be one time that you wish you could have some help. Read more
Published on September 1, 2010 by Snarfy G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must' covering the various techniques of children's photographers
The second updated edition of Bill Hurter's CHILDREN'S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY offers a fine collection of images of portraits that capture childhood. Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide for Learning
This book is a great guide to help new photographers learning the world of portrait photography. I am just learning myself and found a lot of great advice, as well as a ton of... Read more
Published on August 11, 2009 by Eileen DC Dolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips
Book is full of great and useful tips on how to photograph children of different ages and much more.
Published on November 11, 2008 by M. Wisniewska
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