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The Luminous Portrait: Capture the Beauty of Natural Light for Glowing, Flattering Photographs Paperback – April 24, 2012
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About the Author
JACQUELINE TOBIN is the executive editor of Rangefinder magazine and the former deputy editor of Photo District News. She is also the author of Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers.
ULRICA WIHLBORG (Foreword) is the West Coast weddings editor at People magazine.
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Here is what you will learn from this book: 1. Shoot film, 2. Use natural light, 3. .... That's basically it. In order to write a book that offers instruction, there really needs to be more care/time put into teaching an audience who is presumably a complete novice. There's an assumption made by the author throughout this book that the reader already has a pretty passable understanding of film and manual camera settings. Beyond that? There just isn't any information. Film and natural light cannot be the only two things you do. (Why not discuss the business aspect of the job more if your technique is fairly simple?)
On the bright side: It's lovely to look through all of the images and, since I went to school for photography and mostly purchased this book for more insight into the photographer herself, it was neat to see the films/cameras that she prefers and the general mindset that she uses to approach her work.
Final point: This book should have been either instructional or a showcase of work. It tried to be both and fell very very seriously short on both counts.
Top international reviews
The book goes further tho' she provides some sound business and marketing advice too. I have a very large collection of photography books and this one would be in my top 5.
Beautiful, inspirational and knowledge building too. A great gift for you or for your photography friends. Buy it you won't be disappointed.
However, the 'look' of her images may be difficult to recreate as she shoots film with medium format cameras.
This book is more than a guide to shooting film, more than tips for getting the most out of your portraits and more than advice for your business.
This book has become the inspiration and impetus for me to strive to build a brand that focuses on Fine Art and exceptional customer service.