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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081742721X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817427214
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Smith is a world-class fashion and beauty photographer whose work has appeared around the globe for more than thirty years. He teaches workshops internationally and on the award-winning website Betterphoto.com . He lives in Liverpool, England.

Customer Reviews

Enjoy the energy/ synergy of the shoot and just... let go.
Jeremy L. Dubrul
As a beginner/intermediate photographer looking to expand my knowledge and enter the professional photography arena this book was perfect.
formed
And the beautiful photographs not only help to teach and explain but also to illustrate his wonderful work along the way.
Terry B. Jackson

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terry B. Jackson on January 1, 2009
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The impressive thing to me about Bruce Smith's book is that he doesn't leave anything out. He starts at the beginning with information about equipment and location needs straight thru to post production and marketing your images. This is by far the most complete guide to handling every aspect of a fashion shoot I have ever seen. And the beautiful photographs not only help to teach and explain but also to illustrate his wonderful work along the way. After reading and re-reading... because there is so much information in the book.... you feel that you have Bruce as your personal consultant helping to guide and encourage you along every step of the way. This really is a complete guide and one of those books that I will return to over and over.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Lee on December 26, 2008
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If you are looking to bring life and emotion to your images, this book is for you. Many just take photos of pretty girls. Bruce teaches you tricks and secrets of world class fashion photographers. The results will be astonishing as they were for me. Now, my photos have more energy. You can feel the emotion that I have captured. THANKS BRUCE! If you are tired of taking the same type of photos and want to experience a life-changing revolution in your photography, read this book or attend one of his classes ([...]) and get ready to feel a renewed excitement.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By formed on November 17, 2009
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Very well rounded book with many helpful details. As a beginner/intermediate photographer looking to expand my knowledge and enter the professional photography arena this book was perfect.

I would highly recommend it to a friend/colleague and I am reading for the second time, currently.
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I've just been reading Bruce's book for the fourth/fifth time having first read it abouut two years ago. I was surprised how much I picked up from the book on re-reading now that I have had some reasonable practice in photographing with models. Bruce outlines what you need to know, what's important and quick steps to getting there. There are tips on lighting (e.g. set your fill 2 stops down) that assume you know the basics about how to do that - and when you do then the quick tip is just the information you need. Of course the book left me wanting more, in fact today I came to this site looking for another fashion photography book that could be as good. I may just have to settle for a 6th reading. A second, more detailed book on lighting by Bruce would be welcome, based on this book which you could call 'Volume 1' I would buy the next installment.
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This book is good as an introduction. Most of its content is definitions and explanations of terms and subjects you'll come across in the fashion photography industry. The chapter on lighting is very extensive and useful for a novice photographer. For example, the author explains thoroughly how to set up a perfect white backdrop. There aren't really diagrams or recipes for setting up studio lighting otherwise. Overall this book is interesting and useful but very basic. Lots of the information is know to experienced photographers of any field, so if you are not completely new to photography you will find a lot of basic known information in here.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy L. Dubrul on December 9, 2008
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Bruce is a force of natural enthusiasm! The way he approaches writing about shooting; he loves it and his energy is infectious. This book is beautifully written and in a very "matter-of-fact" way of how to not only light but to respect the model and on the one hand; take control of the moment but to also let the moment happen. Enjoy the energy/ synergy of the shoot and just... let go. Break the rules and create something interesting!

This book WILL fill in the blanks of what you are missing in your studio or location shooting!

Google Bruce Smith Photography and check out his photographic work for yourself. This guy isn't a fly-by-night hack. He is a highly respected commercial photographer in Europe whom has worked with TOP models (male and female) and has worked on assignments that you and I can only dream of. And he wants you to achieve the same as well. He wants you to succeed, which is why this book is such a "no-holes-barred/ keep it simple" approach to TEACHING you HOW to shoot fashion.

Even if you are not a fashion shooter, I think this book can help you bring a new edge to your daily work: as a portraitist, wedding... or seniors/ high-school shooter. If you photograph people for a living... this is your new "Must Have" reference.

The section on retouching in Photoshop... forget what you've been taught before... too complicated, too plastic. The methods that Bruce outlines is far more naturalistic in correcting blemishes, whitening teeth and can even be applied to softening wrinkles before applying Clone Stamp! I'm not kidding. This ONE trick he outlines makes SO MUCH more sense.

Bruce also seems to host a series of seminars, both here in the States and in Europe. After checking this book out, I'm really tempted to attend one. The past-student work is impressive to say the least.

This book is an absolute MUST BUY.
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By Austin Dudley on April 24, 2013
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Bruce did a great job. Touchs on everything that you need to do a fashion shoot. Id almost go far enough to say that you could put this book in the hands of someone that has never shot fashion before and they could complete a shoot as long as they know their way around a camera.
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