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Product Details

  • Series: A Lark Photography Book
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pixiq (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600593356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600593352
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Sint Bio:

Steve Sint has spent a great deal of his life walking down aisles backwards. Over a 40 year career, he has photographed over 4000 weddings, taken over 2 million photographs, and captured over 1 million portraits for his own studio and others in the New York metropolitan area. As a commercial photographer he has photographed tens of thousands executives and still life subjects. His client list includes, or has included, the American Broadcasting Company, Time Inc., Hearst Publications, Yves St. Laurent, AT&T, NCR, National Semiconductor, Miller Freeman Publishing, Sony, MacGroupUS, and Hachette-Filipacchi Magazines. His photographs have appeared on the covers of over 60 national magazines including LIFE, Omni, Stereo Review, and Modern Photography. As a photographer, columnist, and contributor his words and photographs have also appeared in Studio Photography, Lens Magazine, Modern Photography, Popular Photography, View Camera Magazine, Railroad Model Craftsman, and most recently Shutterbug.

He has also authored 7 books on photography. In his most recently published book, Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business, and Style, he shares his experience with his readers in "a breezy, humorous style that easily converts complex themes into understandable concepts." Typing "Steve Sint" into the Google search box consistently results in over two million hits. At this point in his career he limits his assignments to 50 per year for a select New York clientele, photographs and writes about things he enjoys, and still finds time to teach professional photography, produce tutorial videos (, and conduct workshops on wedding and portrait photography (Maine Media Workshops: His most recently finished book, Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style, is scheduled for release in January of 2013.

What the readers of Steve Sint's portrait book have to say:

"...for everything up until you take the card out of the camera, this book will provide you with the practical information you need for portraits with which your subjects will be happy (and that might even make you a few bucks!)" C.O.

"If you get a book on portraits... GET THIS ONE! You will NOT regret it! I may get a second copy to keep in my roll-around is that good! Kudos to the author for a job well done!" T.M.

"I read nearly every book our library had on digital photography when I first got into taking pictures. This is the first book I loved enough that I had to have my own copy." J.L.

"Even though I have about 70 books on various aspects of photography, when I saw this book I ordered it immediately. The reason is that it contains material that I have not seen elsewhere. Lots of small details that other authors gloss over." B.L.

What the readers of Steve Sint's most recent wedding photography book have to say:

"I'm a big fan of books that are no-nonsense, no fluff, no BS... just the useful facts. This is one of those books." R.S.

"He shares experience in easy to read and understand writing and I find it refreshing that he isn't so dogmatic about the equipment (i.e. must have 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses, FF sensor and so on)." A.

"This book really does a good job of helping to understand the business side of the photography business." J.

"I must say this a very good book for any skill level of a wedding photographer." J.S.

What Steve Sint's students have to say:

"This workshop was seriously amazing. I'm daunted and inspired by the craft. You pushed the frontier way back for me, Thank you." M.B.

"Steve - you're incredible! My head is still spinning from everything you've shared with us. You are very motivating and your teaching style is fun and enjoyable - there is never a dull moment!" B.C.

"Steve - you are amazing!!! You have really helped me with a better understanding of the technical aspects of camera use, more efficient use of time with subjects, and enlightened me with tools for better lighting practices." K.M.

"I have never learned so much on any one topic in one week at any point in my life. It is truly "immersion" in a field I love, led by a world-class instructor, what an amazing opportunity!" R.C.

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Very easy to read and digest.
Some authors will explain the use of an Umbrella for softer lighting.
Bob Lewis
As the title says, if you get a book on portraits... GET THIS ONE!
Thomas A. Mcelvy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you want to catch the soul of a subject, this may not be the book for you. But if you want to take a portrait that will show the subject to his or her best advantage, this is a great place to start. (By the way, only a few really great photographers have come close to catching the soul of a subject, and I'm willing to bet that when they started out, they were happy just to produce images that showed a subject to the best advantage.)

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Maximus on January 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Steve Sint is a a well known master photographer here in New York. His articles for Popular Photography among other publications have taught countless aspiring photographers and sharpened the skills of many Pros. Steve Sint has shot more than 60 magazine covers, including Life magazine. In addition to teaching he is still a working photographer.

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:

Portrait Psychology
-- 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

Lighting Basics
-- Types of light, temperature, etc.

Advanced Lighting
-- Everything from exposure to filters

Using Lights
-- 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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Russell R. Caron on December 10, 2008
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I met the author, Steve Sint, a few years ago while attending a photography course he teaches at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. There, I found Steve to be jammed-packed with top-notch experience from years in the field, and these are experiences he was more than willing to share. A real-life walking photography "encyclopdeia", if you will. The kind of person that walks in a room and instantly seems the light, the color temperature, and the exposure needed for perfect images. Steve's new book, Digital Portrait Photography, is amazing in that it continues in the same vein as the way Steve teaches in person; Steve's love to teach what could be very technical matters in a step-by-step, easy-to-digest manner. This book is incredibly packed with infinite detail and tips, and will become my 'bible' at my portrait studio. I especially like how the book does not just 'show' results, it explains HOW they were achieved, and gives newcomers and even advanced photographers a really good start toward become a professional some day like Steve Sint is for us now. When read with care and interest from cover to cover this text will potentially yield the reader the equivalent of an in-depth college course on the subject. The only thing better, I imagine, would be to have Steve teach you personally. The book is highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Mcelvy on December 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Of late, I have been skeptical of new books, because many of them are rehashes of prior books. Not so for this one!

In the Intro, the author points out that many of the books out there are VERY specialized. This book is just the opposite; in fact, it could be used as the textbook for one or two semesters in college work.

The opening chapter, PORTRAIT PSYCHOLOGY, is simply incredible. Then the meat comes along, chapter by chapter, including framing, lighting (basic & advanced), using lights, posing the face and body, makeup (!), equipment and the business side of portraiture. This literally is a course in portraiture...and an incredible one.

The book, while it does mention specific brands, is quick to point out that there are many manufacturers, and to check out everything. He also provides very clear diagrams for lighting, esquisite example of posing, and some incredible portrait photography to boot. There are also lots of cool tips that everyone should read!

As the title says, if you get a book on portraits... GET THIS ONE! You will NOT regret it! I may get a second copy to keep in my roll-around is that good! Kudos to the author for a job well done!

©2008 Tom McElvy
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