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Portrait Photographer's Handbook Paperback – August 1, 2007
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Chap. 1 - Equipment and Basic Techniques
A good intro to lenses, depth of field, meters, umbrellas, etc.
Chap 2 - Good Digital Working Techniques
Here's where it starts to go off track, basically giving you a beginner's manual on digital photography, including info on formatting your cards and backing up your images.
On top of that, the Shadows/Highlight tip on page 25 is flat-out wrong. First it has you create two copies of the layer, apply Shadows/Highlight, and then apply a layer mask, when in fact the Shadow/Highlight tool is designed so you don't have to use a copy or layer mask. And when it says to paint white on the faces "to conceal the underlying data," painting with white actually reveals it.
The Camera Raw examples are also useless, as when it shows the resolution bumped from 2000x3000 to 4000x6000. Any beginner reading this is going to think that's the way to go and end up with a huge file that will only bog down their computer with useless resolution. It even says, "by converting the file from Adobe RGB 1998 to a wider-gamut color space (ProPhoto RGB), the file can be easily enlarged to 4000x6000 pixels." Color space and resolution have nothing to do with each other, and 99% of the people reading this book wouldn't want to do either of these adjustments.Read more ›
The only caveat is that there are some glaring editing/layout problems in the introduction. The first page includes a couple paragraphs of the introduction, and the page it's supposed to continue onto starts the entire introduction over again. It took me a minute to figure out what was going on! But other than that, excellent book, wonderful and useful pictures, clearly written text, gorgeously laid out. I definitely recommend it.
P.S. I just looked at the review I wrote and noticed Amazon has it with the older version of this book. The one I have does not have the blonde on the cover and is a darker cover. I don't know why they went back to the old cover but that one might not have anything about digital photography in it. Make sure you get the newer one.
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Just a bit dated on technology, but the basic information is still good.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just enough background and technical stuff. Has all the posing suggestions we needed and excellent examples. We have a half dozen or more portrait posing and lighting books. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bowser B
I bought this book for my Daughter who is a Photographer. She loves it and thinks that you can always learn a few new tricks. It is a beautiful book.Published on January 26, 2014 by Brandi Poole
I purchased this as a Kindle e-book thinking I was getting the 2007 version, which is the one displayed by Amazon in the Look Inside feature, only to find that the what you get is... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Jeff Perry
All around, one of the best general books out there, on the craft of portrait photography. Good explanations of most of the technical aspects of capturing a great image. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by William D. Phillippi