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Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic Photography Field Guides
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792264991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792264996
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David Enzel VINE VOICE on March 23, 2002
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This book describes what you need to know to make good pictures of people. The book begins by discussing composition and then turns to equipment and lighting. The book then focuses on various types of people photography: street photography; people in action; portraits; familar subjects (family members) and the photographic essay. The book includes a list of useful web sites and explains how three professional photograhers work. They are Cary Wolinsky, Sisse Brimberg and Lynn Johnson. I love these different viewpoints because they provide food for thought.
The photographs leap off the page. They are stunning and make me want to get out and photograph. I highly recommend this book. It also is of a size that will easily fit in your camera bag.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bukkene Bruse VINE VOICE on May 6, 2002
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The People and Portraits Field Guide continues along one branch of the first NGS field guide. Somewhat more advanced composition and technical advice is provided, tailored to the specific art of capturing people in their environment. Caputo writes a book that is not only succinct, but also enjoyable to read.
Continuing with the format of the original are the profiles of National Geographic photographers, each with their own set of advice. This is a primary strength of this set of field guides and something that separates them from other books. The bios are interesting reading in themselves and give a brief glimpse into the work and vision of different artists.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on February 27, 2002
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Photography buffs take heed, this is a book you will definitely want to add to your library. While master photographers may not learn anything dramatically new, amateurs and novices will find tons of useful and helpful information among these pages by an expert in the field. Ever wonder how to "freeze frame?" This book will tell you how, along with providing guidance in taking those wonderful family portraits under all types of conditions. The section dealing with various lenses was of particular interest. The book is well organized and the instructions are clear and easy to understand - that in itself is a major plus over other books in the marketplace. If it's National Geographic, it's bound to be good!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Enzel VINE VOICE on October 14, 2002
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This book describes what you need to know to make good pictures of people. The book begins by discussing composition and then turns to equipment and lighting. The book then focuses on various types of people photography: street photography; people in action; portraits; familar subjects (family members) and the photographic essay. The book includes a list of useful web sites and explains how three professional photograhers work. They are Cary Wolinsky, Sisse Brimberg and Lynn Johnson. I love these different viewpoints because they provide food for thought.
The photographs leap off the page. They are stunning and make me want to get out and photograph. I highly recommend this book. It also is of a size that will easily fit in your camera bag.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tomh on September 16, 2002
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I bought this book along with the companion book on Landscapes. A lot of the same material is covered, and in both cases I think does a pretty good job. The material is dealt with systematically, discussing both machinics, technique and composition.
Like other books that survey a broad subject, I think it tends to miss some specifics that would be necessary to really learn at a detail level. For example, the discussion of flash photography discusses built-in flashes, dedicated flashes, and studio lighting all in one short chapter, but in not enough detail to help you make much progress with any.
I did like the sections by other National Geo photographers who wrote a couple pages describing their thoughts and delivering advice.
So this is a pretty good book and is one of those things you should read even if you know most of what it has to say.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dasn0wman on September 20, 2006
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Maybe I read too many of their photography how-to books, but I don't find this book that useful. Basically, if you read their "Secrets to Making Great Pictures" book, this is a repeat of that book and half the size. It's short, but it kinda wasted like a day or two of my life - the time it took me to finish the book.
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By jpdcusa on January 12, 2012
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While the book is filled with lovely photos, and you can learn something from looking at them about composition and lighting and choice of subject matter, there is very little technical detail about what the reader must do to even begin to approach the same. The book was published in 2002, so there is no consideration of the huge leaps in digital photography that have occurred more recently. But even so, many of the basics of how to use an SLR camera are similar, and there is really nothing here, below a very high level of abstraction, on that --- f-stops and aperture, ISO, shutter speed --- and how to coordinate their use. Ditto re lighting and flashes. Ditto re different types of lenses --- exactly what they are and how to use them. I want to learn how to use my new DSLR to take really good pictures, and this book does not help me do that. The stiff, shiny, heavy paper shows the photos to good advantage, by the way, but despite its relatively compact size, the book's relative weight and inability to open wide, lay flat, and stay open would make it a pain to carry out of the house or to use while taking pictures.
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