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About the Author

Bill Hurter is the editor of "Rangefinder" magazine, the former editor of "Petersen's PhotoGraphic," and the author of "The Best of Wedding Photography," "Group Portrait Photography Handbook," "The Portrait Photographer's Guide to Posing," and "Portrait P

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584281723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584281726
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Hurter has been involved in the photographic industry for the past 30 years. He is the former editor of Petersen's PhotoGraphic magazine and most recently, the editor of both AfterCapture and Rangefinder magazines. He has authored over 40 books on photography and hundreds of articles on photography and photographic technique. He is a graduate of American University and Brooks Institute of Photography, from which he holds a BFA and Honorary Masters of Science and Masters of Fine Art degrees. During his career he covered Capital Hill, including the Watergate Hearings, and worked for three seasons as a stringer for the L.A. Dodgers. He is married and lives in West Covina, CA.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 17, 2007
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I'm new to portriat photography and bought this book to get me started. I was not disappointed. This book was easy to read, had lots of pictures, and covered a lot of different topics that I found very useful. The book covers everything from which lenses to use, to indoor/outdoor lighting, posing, color schemes, composition, and guidelines to follow for taking pictures of small groups...all the way up to very large groups. Highly recommended...I highlighted and underlined many points and sections in this book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By kdiverdown on January 9, 2007
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i did learn some very valuable tricks, and many of the examples are great, some, not so much. Not really set up as a practical guide. There is an abundance of information and it was interesting and informative...but I would have prefered more diagrams for posing composition and maybe a priority list to develope a routine for great results beginning to end.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Carter on January 9, 2007
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Our daughter-in-law, a talented family photographer, says this book has everything she had hoped to learn in a recent class (but didn't) plus more. She says it's great!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert O. Gwyn on August 22, 2007
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As a retired professional photographer I expected the finer points of family portraiture to be missing. Instead, it was excellent both in the fundamentals and in the detailed aspects of photographing groups. As a retiree I am using it for in-depth review, and I love it. My wife and I studied with Monte Zucker many years ago and we were happy to see his work included, along with Bill McIntosh and other fine professionals.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Hunt on July 21, 2007
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This book is very readable. It is short and to-the-point. This is the type of book to pick up, read and then go do the things described. I read quickly and started my own photography experimenting. I also enjoyed being able to go back and quickly find answers to my questions while working. This is a very user-friendly book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shaver on April 16, 2007
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This book is worth reading more than once. Covers a lot of information about family portrait techniques. I did learn a lot. It is not just showing a million combinations and poses, but really gives the photographer a lot to think about and techniques to grow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Brooks on April 24, 2008
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Even if you have shot family portraits before, this book not only gives you new ideas but it also details the techniques and lighting logistics from the portraits shown. It also reminds us of what we may have forgotten or have become lazy in doing. A definate thumbs up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abdulla M. Al Qasim on October 11, 2010
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Whether you're looking to start your own portrait photography business or just simply trying to improve the family portraits you take this book is a good starting point.

The book begins with the most basic of principles and concepts and about half way through becomes densely packed with posing techniques, color coordination, setting up large groups and much more. I had to read these chapters two to three times to fully absorb all the knowledge that's jam packed in there.

Even though the images used are great and demostrate some of the instructions or concepts, the book does lack images when it comes to describing how each individual should be posed with words, supporting images would have helped greatly in getting the image accross faster! I had to read that section a couple of times to best understand what the writer meant.

All in all, a good book to buy as a starting point.
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