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"Hurter, editor of Rangefinder magazine, helps photographers prepare for the key moments of a wedding ceremony." —www.BookNews.com

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 Photographer's Handbook." He lives in West Covina, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media; Second Edition, Second edition edition (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608952622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608952625
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dave on January 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm about 3/4 of the way through the first time, making a few notes as I go. This book is exactly what I was looking for. I'm a technically competent camera user. I've done dark room work in the past, and PhotoShop more currently. I'm an aging geek and amateur photographer and can handle the technology end just fine. I can recognize a good shot when I see one, but I've never done "People Photography" as other than casual shots or incidental to scenery.

This book gives great examples of the kinds of wedding photography currently popular. While it goes into some of the technical aspects of digital photograpy: work flow, RAW,color space, etc.; it covers "people techniques" such as appropriate camera height for portraiture, bust, and full body shots. It covers pose basics such as 7/8, and 3/4 head shots. Shoulders turned at an angle, head tilt differences for the bride verses the groom. Whether I make effective use of this book remains to be seen, but the information is just what I wanted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deana on March 29, 2009
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I am a photographer with a passion and an eye, but not too much technical training and definitely far from what I would consider professional. I usually shoot in automatic mode because I'm not as comfortable in the other modes and the only lens I have is the one that came with my digital SLR. Still, I shot a few weddings years ago and was asked to shoot a friend's sister wedding this coming summer. I decided to use this as an excuse to brush up on my skills and expand my equipment. I wanted to be informed going into the wedding and was especially interested in learning about what sort of equipment I should be considering. I decided to buy this book and the Digital Wedding Photography: Capturing Beautiful Memories. The books arrived in the same shipment and as I flipped through the books, I immediately could tell that if I had seen both of these in bookstores before I purchased them, I would have probably just purchased the other book, "Digital Wedding Photography:..." . It is significantly longer and almost looks like a text book with clearly outlined content. I prepared myself with post-its to mark up important things to refer to as I read the books to reference later.

I read this book by Hunter first and fairly quickly. It's a lot shorter and while their photos are far superior, offers a more top-level, general introduction to the world of wedding photography. I only placed 3 post-its in this book.

Then I read the other book by Glen Johnson and discovered that my first impression was spot-on: it was much more detailed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2006
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Bill Hurter's WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER'S HANDBOOK, 2ND EDITION comes from the editor of Rangefinder and goes behind the scenes with some of the world's top wedding photographers to learn their secrets for success. Images, ideas, and keys to everything from planning a shoot to designing an album makes for a powerful survey of digital workflow techniques that incorporate the latest wedding photography trends and equipment. Digital photographers will find this a 'must'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric L on February 4, 2011
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I have not shot a wedding on my own, and I am not sure I want to, but I have been the second shooter and would like to do more of that. So, from my experience and viewpoint, Hurter's book is an excellent resource. I imagine I will read it through again shortly before I assist with my next wedding. Hurter provides a great layout of all things a photographer should keep in mind when shooting a wedding. He covers some technical information that was helpful for me, especially the basics of posing and camera positioning, etc., to help subjects look their best. I've heard this info before, but there was something in Hurter's presentation of it that registered with me, and I think I will likely look the book over again until those things become second nature to me. Hurter also emphasizes the weight of shooting a wedding. It's something to go into with respect and knowledge, and you can get a lot of that here. It's not the be-all and end-all of wedding photography books, but to me there is no such thing. And it is an excellent overview with great shots from a variety of the top wedding photographers around the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Whitton on February 5, 2009
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I think several other people gave rave reviews of this book (which by the way is more like reading a magazine, in size and look). And I think B.Hurter is a great photographer; As a wedding photographer I aspire to master many of his wonderful techniques. But I sometimes get the feeling that these mini books (there are many of them out there), which are loaded with hand picked, glossy, over-edited images and lacking on information are meant as a revenue generator, not as a genuine effort at sharing technical expertise or artistic technique. This was the 3rd or 4th kind of book that I've read like this one and they are starting to sound the same, separated only by different titles and newer photos. If you're new to wedding photography, there are some nuggets of knowledge to be found here, but don't think you'll uncover any secrets about photography. I built my business around Glen Johnson's "Digital Wedding Photography" book, so I recommend that one if you're new to the biz.
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