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Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography Paperback – September 1, 2006
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About the Author
Bryan Peterson is a well-known photographer, writer, and teacher. In addition to his many books for Amphoto, he writes a column that appears in Popular Photography and contributes to prominent magazines. His workshops and online photo course at PPSOP.com are invariably sold out. He divides his time between Seattle, WA and Lyon, France, and New York City.
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Nevertheless, the book does provide many useful hints and advise relating to portraiture techniques. Subjects such as lighting, shadows, angles, flash, etc. are covered and much of this advice is especially useful to those just starting out in portraiture photography or seeking useful hints or advice in this field. This applies to photographers who are over and above the beginner level as well. But, as stated previously, this advice should have been a little more in-depth.
That said, I'd highly recommend this book to people who are interested in improving their people photography outside the studio. The strong point to this book - as it was in "People in Focus" - remains the section on how to approach people at home and abroard and get them to let you take their photograph; and in overcoming one's own shyness about interacting with potential photo subjects. And, Peterson's writing is always entertaining.
The author shares his knowledge gathered from the workshops. As a result of this, the reader finds him/herself treated like a participant or a student, which is, I believe, just fine. My only quibble is his frequent talks on "stock photos" as if many if not most of his readers consider earning money from selling their photos. I doubt this.
As a reader, I would be happier if portraits from other photographers were also included to discuss certain points and provide info on personal styles. I guess, such a book would not only be better but also be more expensive.
"Beyond Portraiture" can be a fine starting point for those who want to be able to take satisfactory portraits. Even a starter can enjoy the examples and can reproduce some of them. Just, do not expect the book to carry you to your destination; no book can do that!
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