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Digital Portrait Photography: Art, Business & Style (A Lark Photography Book) Paperback – January 6, 2009
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This book discusses the fundamentals of formal portrait photography, and not photojournalistic portraiture. Sint starts his book emphasizing the importance of dealing with the subject in a manner that will allow photographer and subject to cooperate in producing a great picture. He next talks about framing the subject, lighting and posing. Unlike other portrait books I've read, the author then touches on makeup. Only after going through these subjects does he discuss equipment, and then he finishes up by examining the business side of portraiture.
Through all of this, one gets the feeling of a practical book. For example, in Sint's discussion of framing, he notes that vertical framing usually works best for groups up to four, and horizontal framing works best for groups of six or more. For groups of five, the format depends on how wide the subjects are! When he discusses cameras, he is quick to say he doesn't favor the top of the line cameras because they are too heavy and too expensive. When he talks about makeup, he tells the reader how to fold a powder puff. The discussion of posing tells you how to deal with the double chin, the big nose and different size eyes.Read more ›
This Digital Portrait Photography book will surely become a classic; just as his book on Wedding Photography is considered a bible for its myriad of tips and tricks. What sets Sints' books apart from others is that he presents his knowledge in a very logical and accessible style. Unlike many other books on photography he does not withhold information or try to win you over to his style of shooting. He presents what he has learned from shooting a couple million pictures in his lifetime and tells you what works and why it works.
The book itself is broken down into chapters:
-- How to get your subjects comfortable and control the set. Probably the single most amazing this ever written on the subject. This chapter alone is reason enough for getting this book.
-- How to frame faces, bodies, multiple people
-- Types of light, temperature, etc.
-- Everything from exposure to filters
-- How to light, ratios, lighting techniques, etc.
Posing the Face
-- How to hide blemishes, double chins, shrink noses and even straighten crooked noses. This chapter is full of really useful information that is not available anywhere else.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helped a lot when I was starting to get into portrait work. Great tips for positioning your subject and using light correctly.Published 9 months ago by Phillip Raisig
Overall, it is a decent book. I did find it strange that there were no photos identified as being a copyright of his work specifically, and if I were to not have seen his videos I... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kevin
As a photographer of over 40 years, I highly recommend this work. For the aspiring portrait photographer, it covers all the bases of classic portraiture, including the how and why... Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Wayne