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Fine Art Wedding Photography: How to Capture Images with Style for the Modern Bride Paperback – March 29, 2011
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About the Author
Jeff Kent is the former managing editor of Professional Photographer and PEI>Photo Electronic Imaging magazines, and the current editor at large for PPA Publications. He has published more than 500 articles on professional photography in such magazines as Professional Photographer, American PHOTO Wedding and Portrait Guide, and Destination I Do. Jeff can be found at www.jeff-kent.com.
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I believe it is important to know at least a little bit of background information about your reviewer before you take his or her word for something. This may help you make the right choice for you by determining in which ways we are similar and in which ways we may differ from one another.
I am a photographer that is relatively new to the industry but nonetheless have been paid to shoot various assignments including events, engagements, products etc. It took a while but I finally found my compass point and so that next step for me in my career, or my path if you prefer, is to become a full-time wedding photographer. Naturally, you want to do a fantastic job and make sure that you create not only valuable art/products that can completely satisfy your clients but you also want to create a long-lasting successful brand right from the beginning. I am self taught, I have had the opportunity to read some great photography books by some amazing photographers/teachers and attend a handful of useful workshops.
I was excited to get this book. After reading all the reviews I believed this book, above the others I was currently looking to purchase, would contain useful information that was both innovative and something that you would only be able to gain through years of experience and after multiple failed attempts. I was disappointed.Read more ›
In the first and the second part, Villa emphasizes on creating a consistent photography style. His style can be created by using specific gears (he uses medium format film camera and 80mm f/2 lens most of the time). As a result, most of his images has shallow depth of field and pastel color. He also suggest that color, composition, exposure should be consistent.
Throughout the book, there are many Jose Villa's signature style photos. Most photos has shallow depth of field, semi-posed, over exposed and has pastel color. I also love that Villa shares his real-life mistakes and how he handle it.
In the last part of the book, Jose share his marketing approach. It is a straightforward tips and quite obvious. For example he discusses the plus and minuses on marketing media such as magazine advertisement, website, blog, etc. He also share tips about pricing and how to get business referral.
Overall, I enjoy reading and looking at the photos and layout design. However, I feel the content (text) is very basic and light. More experienced photographers who like to learn in-depth about wedding photography techniques should look for other book.
After reading the book, it is tempting to copy Jose Villa's style. But I think, it is better to use the book as an inspiration to design your own photography style.
The most important thing to say is that Jose is actually a really good photographer. Not all authors are, but his shots are great. He shoots film, and "fine art" seems to him to frequently mean out of focus or oddly-composed, but the shots really are nice.
The book is easy to read, and full of tips. Things he does that work for him. I pulled out a couple simple things that I intend to try at the next wedding I shoot (here's one: tell the couple, standing a few feet apart, to close their eyes and kiss; they'll miss, which will be funny, leading to genuine laughs and emotion which becomes the photographer's opportunity for excellent shots).
I found myself wishing he shot digital. I don't do film, and far too many of his tips aren't as relevant to we dSLR-users (which film to use, when, and why the film's grain and color reproduction are ideal for his style, etc).
He got me thinking of my consistency in presentation. My retouching is sort of a creative hodgepodge. Some shots color, some BW, some sepia toned, some duotones... each image sort of handled individually. He got me thinking about the importance of consistency in delivery (throughout the album, throughout multiple events for a family, etc). Whereas Jose's found his style, I'm still working on mine.
Anyway, his book was great. I'd definitely recommend it to professional wedding photographers who are still learning (only the jaded ones aren't). If you have no intention of ever shooting weddings (even one), I'm not sure why you'd be looking at this book, but it might be worth it just for the few inspirational ideas that will be relevant to you, and for the book full of gorgeous imagery. This is for sure one of the better photo books I've read recently.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jose Villa is one of, or if not the best wedding photographer of today's generation. It is common for photographers of Villa's skill and talent level to keep the secrets to their... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jamusu
Good book on wedding photography! I like the fact that the author uses film exclusively but you can use all his advice even if you are shooting digitally. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adolfo Rubio III
Jose Villa is probably the best wedding photographer in the world. He uses only film which is more artistic than digital. This is an excellent overview of his work.Published 4 months ago by Fair-Oaks Mark
This book has led me through summers of weddings with much success! It has allowed me to develop my own version of creativity, inspired by Jose Villa!Published 7 months ago by James D. Engle
I LOVED every page of this book!!!! A quick and interesting read with stunning images and lots of inspiration!!!!!!Published 8 months ago by Mark M.
I just had a great time listening to this book he did a great job. The book to the great job especially if you shoot film of describing the utensils used to produce the effect. Read morePublished 12 months ago by B. Nettles
5 years ago I purchased the wedding magz "Photography Unveilded and you were featured in it along with Elizabeth Messina and I ordered the two books on amazon about 7 mos ago... Read morePublished 12 months ago by V. MCBRIDE
This is THE best photography book i've ever read. The knowledge and experience of Jose Villa is beyond any of my expectations. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ana L.