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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435458842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435458840
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introduction: Why Fashion Flair? PART I: ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS OF FASHION FLAIR. 1. Preparation: 2. Location. 3. Styling. 4. Props. 5. Posing. 6. Equipment. PART II: SHOOTING TECHNIQUES. 7. In Camera Techniques. 8. Lensbaby. 9. Experimenting. PART II: LIGHT. 10. Analyze the Light. 11. Natural Light. 12. Studio Lighting. 13. Flash, Studio on Location. PART III: AFTER THE SHOOT. 14. Post-Processing. PART IV: FASHION FLAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES. 15. Business Practices.

About the Author

Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer. She is passionate about photography and enjoys creating surreal fashion editorials that allow her to take her dreams and fantasies and turn them into beautiful realities. Lindsay spends the majority of her time working on fashion editorials, running a portrait studio, and writing articles for a variety of publications. She is a regular contributor to "Popular Photography," "Shutterbug Magazine" and "Apogee Photo." Lindsay also teaches photography workshops and lectures at professional photography organizations, photo conferences and other international photo events. She has photographed in more than two dozen countries. Over the years, Lindsay has received many awards for her photography including Hearst awards for photojournalism and College Photographer of the Year awards for her fashion work. She has received honors or scholarships from the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), New York Women in Communications (NYWICI), and Syracuse University where she received her college degree.

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Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York. For the past 10 years she has owned and operated a portrait, fashion, and wedding studio distinguished by its 'fashion flair' approach to imagery. As a New York fashion photographer, she has written editorials that have appeared in dozens of publications internationally. She regularly contributes to a variety of major photo publications, including "Professional Photographer," "Rangefinder Magazine," "Popular Photography," and more.

In May 2010 Adler published her first book, "The Linked Photographers' Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media." In February 2011 she published her second book, "Fashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding Photography."

Adler, a Sigma Pro, is sponsored by a variety of major photography companies and spends a lot of her time traveling to teach workshops and at major conferences. You can find her as a platform speaker at events like WPPI, PhotoPlus, NECCC, PSA, and many more. She teaches thousands of photographers annually on topics ranging from retouching to fashion techniques to studio lighting.

Though only in her mid-twenties, her career and photography have received much acclaim and she has already become a respected name in the business.

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It's very well written as well.
J. DUSZAK
Fashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding Photography is the kind of book that any serious photographer should read to advance in his/her career.
Eduardo P Cassus
Since Lindsay is that amazing, I figured I buy the book and try and get into her head, see what she's thinking.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By NyReckDiver TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2011
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I am best classified as a part-time professional location based shooter who shoots without use of assistants. I shoot all Nikon gear and typically do event, portrait, intimate, and children's sporting events. I do not do weddings due to the complexity of the event (that is a confession by the way). I love photography and would do what I do for free but I happen to get paid most of the time.

For this book to have any value to you, you must have the fundamental basics of photography mastered. Well, maybe not "mastered." But you must have the fundamental knowledge to apply those basics to various situations before you can apply the lessons in this book. So, if you are just starting out or just a hobbyist, focus on books that cover the basics such as exposure, metering, gear, natural lighting, aperture,etc... If you are still using the scene settings (program mode) on your camera, don't even think about this book. You should know how to shoot manually first.

That being said, this book, despite the constant use of the word "flair" is extremely valuable for portrait shooters leaning toward the fashion/glamour side of photography. It has some of the best visual examples (I like to deconstruct shots)from which to work. Adler presents the information so coherently that if you have a at least the fundamentals of photography down, you will easily benefit from even just browsing this book (the shots are inspiring).

Although the book has the word "wedding" in the title, the lessons and samples are easily applied to any portrait shoot (in studio or on location), especially with women. Adler does a great job of explaining gear and lighting so that even a hobbyist moving up should be able to use many of the techniques on their next shoot.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jesse D. Walker on April 27, 2011
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This book is targeted to the hobbyist or professional portraitist, and will not teach you how to shoot for Vogue Italia. But once you've got the basics of photography down, this is a great resource for adding to your photographic repertoire. It covers how to incorporate elements of fashion photography into portrait shoots (nothing in the book is wedding-specific, though the suggestions can be implemented by wedding photographers as well). The author covers "fashion flair" (she can't seem to just use the word "fashion" without its cheesy counterpart) from a variety of angles: the best gear (lenses, lights and modifiers), shooting techniques, pre-shoot preparation (getting ideas/props/locations, finding and working with MUA's, stylists, models, etc), posing, lighting techniques, post-processing in Photoshop, photography business tips, and more. All in all, a nice compilation. I wouldn't recommend it to someone new to photography, as it would be wise to be grounded in the basics before getting too much to think about (so if you're still shooting on "P" mode, learn your gear first!). But for anyone a little further along the learning curve and wanting to lean towards fashion photography, this makes a nice resource, and contains plenty of tips to help you get started.

Another book worth considering would be Siegel's Fashion Photography Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: An Essential Guide, which is a bit different: it's more brief, more "professional" (if you actually want to *BE* a fashion photographer), and a bit less directly applicable to generic portrait shoots. One of the nice things about Adler's book is the hand-holding walkthrough she gives you. After reading it, you won't scratch your head and wonder how any of it might be applicable to you. Siegel's book is perhaps a little less down-to-earth.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By CheshireFaerie on May 7, 2011
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I am not a professional photographer (I'm just starting out as a student) and I already knew almost everything in this book. Almost all of it is common sense and stuff a professional should know (and it is written for a professionals who want to make their portraits more special). The book is extremely general and vague. The author mostly says things like, "think about the lighting, think about the composition, think about etc., etc., etc." It would be a much more useful book if it actually had more specific examples of what makes fashion photography different from regular portrait photography in respects to the lighting, composition, etc. Also, the author is extremely repetitive. I lost count how many times she mentions modelmayhem.com
If you know anything about photography, this book is probably not for you. If on the other hand, you know nothing at all about composition, lighting, color, etc. and have never opened a fashion magazine, you might benefit. There are a few points I wouldn't have thought of myself, but those would probably fit on less than 10 pages - not worth it for a book with nearly 300 pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ESlaydog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2011
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Fashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding Photography is an excellent book. I have been a wedding and portrait photographer for nearly ten years and I read most books on the subject almost as fast as they come out. Ultimately, the way I judge a photography book is by the amount of notes I take as I read them and this one produced many. The author is an extremely talented photographer and she has the knowledge and experience to pass along great advice to the reader in a way that seems more conversational than technical. In addition to all the great insight shared by Adler, the book is filled with an abundance of her inspiring work.

I would highly recommend this book to both novices and professionals alike.
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