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Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography Paperback – September 29, 2006
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I felt this even more strongly as I read the first few pages, where I encountered pictures that documented the use of equipment and techniques that I knew nothing about. Then as I read further, I found that the discussions of general principles followed the pictures rather than preceding them. I found this a strange editorial technique that left me mystified as I looked at pictures and then had me flipping back to them after the discussion. I was also glad I knew a little bit about portrait photography so that I could understand the skeletal descriptions of the technical aspects of what Grecco was doing
Grecco has sections on cameras, illumination, the medium, creativity and conceptualization, the subject/ photographer connection and case studies. In this last section he presents pictures grouped by subject matter and then explains how he came to pose the pictures and light them. Throughout, he used this show and then tell approach. Once I got used to it, I didn't find it so off-putting.
You may wonder who the audience for this book is. For example, when he describes the army of assistants involved in a shoot, including make-up artists, prop builders, location scouts and so forth, the average photographer will feel out of his league. One of the lights that Grecco uses may cost more than all of the equipment some serious photographers may own.Read more ›
While he does show a 'wire drawing' of some setups it does not go very deep into the technical at all. I was hoping for a bit more 'hands on' or 'how to set up' information. If you want to be inspired, maybe this is your book. If you are looking for instruction, look elsewhere. My copy will be up in the used book section.
Lots of allusions to celebrity and lots of high end equipment name dropping occur. There is very little discussion about development of the theme of an image. This is definitely a book for Grecco fans not for experienced photographers seeking additional insight. The title is deceptive, the chapter on Illumination is 44 pages, that's right, 44 pages.
My only slight problem with this book is the introduction, which is not extensive enough for beginners and irrelevant to advanced and pro shooters. Probably not Grecco's choice, either.
You'll still have to come up with your own ideas and interpretations of the sitters and the images you want to bring home. But to get you technically up to speed, give you a number of widely usable ideas and give you a very stimulating read into the bargain, this is the book to look at.
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Can't see how this could be useful to most photographers of any level. Didn't read very far into it, wouldn't bother if it was free.Published 20 months ago by Michael Burke
I learned about lighting, about settings. It is a very good book. I read it several times. I recomend itPublished on February 6, 2014 by Davo
I decided to read this book after seeing it recommended on David Hobby's 'Strobist Bookshelf'. After reading a number of titles on his list, I've come to conclude that there are... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Alan Shi
Flat lighting. Not very dramatic... composition and backgrounds are interesting, but for a lighting book there are more up-to-date dramatic techniques. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Stuart L Mattingly
Michael Grecco is a well respected working professional who uses examples of his dramatic lighting to teach and inspire. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Foster
I bought the original paper version and have also bought the kindle version. I love the book. Highly detailed and informative, I often find myself pulling it out and gaining new... Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Michael S Baker
I've had Michael's book since it first came out. I still take it off the shelf and flip through the pages, pausing here and there to read the stories behind the images. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Carlos Benjamin