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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158428045X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584280453
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Douglas Allen Box is a professional photographer who specializes in photographing children, families, and weddings. He is the author of "Professional Secrets for Photographing Children" and "Professional Secrets of Wedding Photography." He lives in Caldwell, Texas.

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Doug Box

Master.Photographer
Photographic Craftsman
Certified Professional Photographer

He is the owner of ProPhotogs.com, a photographic forum with an educational leg for all levels of portrait and wedding photographers.And the Texas Photographic Workshops, an internationally recognized educational facility where he and his wife LaVelda host photographers from around the country teaching all levels of photography.

Doug has taught at seminars and conventions in 47 states in the U.S. plus Canada, Mexico, Scotland, Wales, England, China, Ireland and on 5 cruise ships. He was chosen to teach at the International Wedding Institute and has taught at 18 different PPA Affiliate week-long schools. He is one of only 20 Kodak Mentors. He is only one of four people in the history of PPA to earn over 1,000 PPA Merits and is an invited member of the prestigious CameraCrafstmen group, one of only 40 in the world.

He is Past President of Texas Professional Photographers Assoc. and currently the Executive Director of TPPA. He has served as Executive Director ASP (American Society of Photographers), Published ASP Magazine, and is currently on the Board of the Professional Photographers of America.


He is an award winning photographer who has owned very successful studios in Houston, Brenham and now Caldwell.

His articles and images have graced the pages of most professional photographic publications. He is the author of "The Power of Business" marketing systems and
has written several books including "Professional Secrets of Children's Photography", "Professional Secrets of Photographing Weddings", "Natural Light Photography" and "Posing for Portrait Photographers", and soon a book on Off Camera Flash published by Amherst Publishing.

His students claim Doug is the cross between an stand up comedian and a Baptist
preacher. He is one the most fun and easy to learn from instructor you will ever encounter.
You can contact Doug at dougbox@aol.com

www.DougBox.com
www.ProPhotogs.com
www.DougBoxPhotography.com

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The instructions in the book are very easy to follow and interesting to read.
UniversalLanguage
The photos and related diagrams showing the placement of the subject, camera and reflectors is very helpful.
William Carlin
This is THE definitive book to own if you want are starting out in photography.
David Griffin

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2004
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I buy a lot of books and this is the first that has ever so drastically underwhelmed me. As someone who has made a fairly good income in photography on the side, I wanted to learn more about informal outdoor portraiture (not weddings) in natural light and settings. The cover photograph is quite nice, but unfortunately is the best in the book. The rest are barely mediocre, especially for a photographer who reminds us throughout he text that he's endorsed by Hasselblad University.
In the beginning of this book, he claims it is for both the professional and for the mom who want to take better photos. It is for neither since it doesn't have enough of the basics for the uninitiated, and only talks about medium format focal lengths which the "mom" typically wouldn't be using nor understand the comparison to her 35mm lens focal lengths. (He could have added in parenthesis the equivalent length for 35mm camera), and neither does it cater to the pros desire for technical information by not publishing much data about each shot.
The nitty gritty of why this book is fluff: Photographer Douglas Allen Box continually glosses over pertinent technical information so vaguely that you wonder if you missed a paragraph or a page, while he goes on in depth about posing and clothing choices for your subject. At first thumbing through the pages, you'll see all sorts of 2 dimensional sketches next to some photos - that seems promising - until you actually try to match what is going on in the sketch to what is going on in the photo. They are often turned at odd angles to eachother - and often are actually wrong when you decipher the elements. Not helpful.
He describes a few tools and their use so inadequately he shouldn't bother mentioning them at all.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By L. Sidhu on December 6, 2001
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This is an excellent book on portrait photography for the amateur and beginning photographer, but not for the reasons most people may think. The author does not delve into the the basic of photography and presupposes some working knowledge of composition, technique, and camera operation; however, most beginning photographers and amateurs are de facto natural light photographers. What beginning photographer can afford a complete studio set up or assistant to set up and carry equipment for outdoor photography?
So, instead of taking poor natural light photographers and praying for the day you can afford "real equipment", read this book and become a master at taking photographers in natural light that are truly amazing.
This is an excellent resource and a wonderful book ... much more useful and practical than other books on portrait and glamour photography I have read.
Why only 4 stars? This was such a great book I didn't want it to end and I would have liked a little more depth in the coverage of topics.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2002
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I would guess that every photographer has tried to take a picture of someone out-of-doors and has been disappointed with the result. Douglas Allen Box provides a good, serviceable manual that should improve the quality of the average photographer's portraits.
The author's approach is to present a portrait and then explain the photographic considerations that went into it. Usually he provides an overhead diagram showing the relationship of camera, subject and light. With each picture a short description of lighting, photography and background is usually included. Some portraits have been selected because they presented special situations or techniques. For these, besides the trio mentioned, he offers a short discussion of the problem and how he solved it. For example a portrait featuring "head tilt" discussed what Box calls the C pose and the relationship of a tilted head to lighting.
When you've finished this book you will know how to look for that soft, indirect lighting that usually makes for attractive portraits. That may not sound like much, but it is probably the most important single factor for a good portrait. You will also have encountered a number of tips that will make your portraits better looking that you might not encounter elsewhere. For example, I had never read that having people in a group portrait dress in similar clothing would create of feeling of unity. And yet putting both members of a couple in white shirts and khaki pants can achieve that goal.
I have some nits to pick with the author. Box is a medium format guy and doesn't mention auto-exposure. Since most photographers are now using 35mm cameras with auto exposure, a little tailoring could have helped, but this shortcoming is not fatal.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2003
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Box is obvoiusly a talented Photograher, but if your looking for ideas on how to make great looking portraits at all times during they day, this is NOT your book. Nearly every one of the outdoor photographs in this book are taken at sunset.
He constantly talks about finding good light, and that's the big trick, but he's obviosly not even very good at it since he can only find good light at sunset. ANY half-rate photographer can find good light at sunset or dusk. If you want a book about taking outdoor shots, get Jeff Smith's "Outdoor and Location Portrait Photography." Smith makes Box looks likes he's a beginner. Nearly every shot in Smith's book is NOT at dusk.
This book is really about posing, and understanding how to make artistic outdoor portraits (at dusk of course). He talks more about group photography and dressing your subjects in like clothing where Smith's book is about individual portraiture.
The photo on the cover is probably the best image Box has ever taken, and there's 2 or 3 other high quality captures as well. Smith's book is littered with high quality shots, and amazingly most of them were taken during mid-day, and he even shows you how he accomplished the task.
Douglass Allen Box's "Natural Light Portrait Photography" is for the amateur who wants to improve their group photography skil outdoors where time is really of no concern. Where your willing to sit around for hours waiting for "perfect" light.
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