- Series: A Lark Photography Book
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pixiq (January 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600593356
- ISBN-13: 978-1600593352
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Digital Portrait Photography: Art, Business & Style (A Lark Photography Book) Paperback – January 6, 2009
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This book discusses the fundamentals of formal portrait photography, and not photojournalistic portraiture. Sint starts his book emphasizing the importance of dealing with the subject in a manner that will allow photographer and subject to cooperate in producing a great picture. He next talks about framing the subject, lighting and posing. Unlike other portrait books I've read, the author then touches on makeup. Only after going through these subjects does he discuss equipment, and then he finishes up by examining the business side of portraiture.
Through all of this, one gets the feeling of a practical book. For example, in Sint's discussion of framing, he notes that vertical framing usually works best for groups up to four, and horizontal framing works best for groups of six or more. For groups of five, the format depends on how wide the subjects are! When he discusses cameras, he is quick to say he doesn't favor the top of the line cameras because they are too heavy and too expensive. When he talks about makeup, he tells the reader how to fold a powder puff. The discussion of posing tells you how to deal with the double chin, the big nose and different size eyes. The business discussion shows how to calculate expenses and income if one want to make a living from photography, and, if they take it seriously, may discourage a lot of daydreamers thinking about turning pro. The business discussion isn't the only information one would need, but it aims the reader in the right direction.
The book isn't perfect. I would have liked to have seen a little more discussion of lighting equipment, like flash units and booms, but there was certainly enough information that only a little more research would be required by the aspiring portrait photographer.
The book concentrates on taking portraits rather than post processing. For that aspect of portrait photography I would recommend adding "Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies" by Lee Varis to your list. But for everything up until you take the card out of the camera, this book will provide you with the practical information you need for portraits with which your subjects will be happy (and that might even make you a few bucks!)
This Digital Portrait Photography book will surely become a classic; just as his book on Wedding Photography is considered a bible for its myriad of tips and tricks. What sets Sints' books apart from others is that he presents his knowledge in a very logical and accessible style. Unlike many other books on photography he does not withhold information or try to win you over to his style of shooting. He presents what he has learned from shooting a couple million pictures in his lifetime and tells you what works and why it works.
The book itself is broken down into chapters:
-- How to get your subjects comfortable and control the set. Probably the single most amazing this ever written on the subject. This chapter alone is reason enough for getting this book.
-- How to frame faces, bodies, multiple people
-- Types of light, temperature, etc.
-- Everything from exposure to filters
-- How to light, ratios, lighting techniques, etc.
Posing the Face
-- How to hide blemishes, double chins, shrink noses and even straighten crooked noses. This chapter is full of really useful information that is not available anywhere else.
Posing the Body
-- bust, full length, groups, etc
-- How to save hours in Photoshop with a minimal makeup kit.
-- Cameras, lenses, tripods, etc
The Business Side
-- How to run a small business, paperwork, portfolio, presentation
There is a lot information in this book to digest. It's much better written that many others I have read on the subject, but I think what makes this a must have is the practical tips Sint drops in every paragraph. This is a very through college level course on People Photography. I also like how Sint throws in some anecdotal situations from his professional life into the mix. It makes the book very readable and fun. I also like that the book is full of illustrations of light setups and the final shots from these types of setups. As you might have surmised by now this book is highly recommended for anyone interested in photographing people, from the amateur to the know it all master. Everyone will come away with some great information. I personally can't wait to apply the knowledge here is my repertoire.