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Joe Farace's Glamour Photography: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Getting Great Results with Minimal Equipment Paperback – July 30, 2010
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"If I knew half as much about photography as my colleague Joe Farace knows, I’d be a better photographer." Russell Hart, executive editor, American Photo
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It combines all this into the pages and theoretically, you could take this book with very little knowledge and be able to produce usable glamour photographs. There are plenty of concepts presented and you can choose to either employ these in your own shoots or not. Joe makes it clear this the book presents his way of shooting and doesn't attempt to shoehorn the reader into a set method or process.
However, the book falls down in terms of editing. The book has a few spelling and grammatical errors (which always bugs me).
Also, I felt the photos within the book weren't really inspiring now were they the best examples I've ever seen. There are many photographers out there that take much better glamour photos. The photos that are in this book do, however, serve a purpose in illustrating the author's concepts he discusses.
I did learn a few things and will definitely keep this book on hand as a reference. If you're thinking of starting out in glamour, this is a good first guide to get you there.
Like the title says Studio Lighting Everywhere does in fact answer the call as to what light? When? Where? and Why? There are 8 chapters inside of informative and up to date shooting techniques that cover pretty much every scenario a shooter might encounter. And true to form, Joe lays them all out with factual and thoughtful flair.
Joe does further service to the reader in 3 ways:
* Set up guides for each of the over 444 photographs that pepper the book
* Yellow colored tip sections that delve deeper into a technique or aspect that Joe feels will benefit the reader
* There's a killer Glossary at the back that accurately defines terms and/or concepts Joe might touch on
Chapter 3 demonstrates how up to date Joe is with what's going on in the photo industry. Here he covers the ins and outs of "Strobist" style speedlight shooting. We particularly like the section "Lightbanks to Go." Why? Well, yes because it's detailed and current, but also because our own MIN MAX line is featured and Joe tells us how he used it for the COVER SHOT!
Lastly, and this is based on our experiences garnered from years of hosting consumer workshops on studio lighting, don't miss Chapter 6! Here the reader will find the ways in which Joe works with light: bends it stretches it and most importantly controls it to achieve the look he's seeking.
The book is published on a heavy type of glossy paper making the example images provided stand out and can act like a posing guide for a beginning photographer to consider. The books physical size and text lends to good readability.