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People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs 1st Edition
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As for my experience with the book it is *exactly* what I wanted. The chapters are short, concise and pointed. And you can accomplish them, in any order, if you simply try. There's no need to buy new lighting, no need for a new lens, no need to study rules of composition, no need to rent a studio, .... Just Go and Do It. Take some photos. Think about the essence of people. Look into their eyes - there's depth in there. Wait for it, Click. Chat it up. Wait a second, Click. How wonderful.
Not happy with your lighting? Go to a window. Find a garage. It's basic stuff, but it's organized for you to learn. Practice the right way and it'll all come together when it matters most to you, like on Christmas morning, or when you're enjoying a brew on the front porch with some buds. These exercises teach you to see that moment and capture it.
My favorite exercise is the one focused on developing your style. It's purely a white-paper and pen exercise, too, but taking the time to really think about what I wanted to capture makes so much difference. Just to share, my vision for people photographs is that they catch a moment of fullness and expectation, just like that split-second when the head of your brew crests the top of the mug. Cheers!
This book is not about technical details of camera, neither about post processing. It more about taking inspiring potraits of people. Author has very good command in this field and knows what he says.
Book explains 30 different possibilities to improve the your portraits, keeping subject at ease and experiment photos based on subject life style. It helps you think out of box (may be known style for pro's). Most of all, encourages slowing down and appreciate your errors and best shots.
It provides the referrences to many great photographers and their works on internet. This will give broad view and differnt styles of photographs.
If you need some inspiration on taking great portraits or improve your potrait style or create your own. This book is for you.
The reader needs to understand that this is more like a photography seminar by distance. Since every chapter gives you homework, i.e. shoot 10 self portraits, or shoot 30 black and white people pictures, etc; you kind of get the feeling that you are with the author in a class room.
The objective of this book is to stimulate your creativity and create this mental exercise to clarify what's your own style and what type of pictures you wanna make.
Buy this book if you are willing to challenge yourself to start thinking different and you'll draw inspiration from it. If you want a photography manual, look somewhere else.
I have been working through the exercises and am happy with the results. It's definitely a book I will keep on hand and go back to as I continue to progress with my skills.
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I've read all of Chris Orwig's books and each one is better than the last. He talks more about the approach, philosophy and passion behind photography than the technical aspects of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Chris Orwig has an enthusiasm and attitude towards both photography and life that you'll have to look for a long time to find elsewhere. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Peter Martin Jørgensen
Absolutely love Chris Orwig's work. There are so many books about which gear to use, but Chris focuses on the heart of capturing images. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Evan P.
Arrived very quickly and exactly as described. Thank you so much!Published 23 months ago by bbenn287
I am an amateur and really just absorbing whatever I can from a variety of books while taking some courses and trying to develop my skill levels. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of useful tips on connecting with people you want to photograph..... and even some on exploring yourself in selfies,Published on May 2, 2014 by Dan Pieniak
It's ok reading but written a bit too much from the writers personal perspective for my taste. Haven't finished yet, probably because it's somewhat of a boring read, but so far... Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by GEGJR