- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118391705
- ISBN-13: 978-1118391709
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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Almost all of the family portraits I create outdoors are planned around the sunset. Forty-five minutes before the sun goes down is the most beautiful light of the day, in my opinion. Seeking out open shade to place your subject is a great way to use the soft natural light of the late afternoon. In this image you can see the family has been placed in open shade but the sun is still direct and bright in the background. Notice that the boys on each end have their knees bent and their foot is pointed out. This is done on purpose to create a triangle base for the entire group. Creating shapes and lines in your group portraits is a great way to add visual interest. Using children to hide moms who feel uncomfortable about how they look is an easy way to camouflage her. Having the family in the same color focuses the attention on the faces of the family without clothes being a distraction. Since we were shooting in the desert I suggested brown for the color of the shirts knowing it would work well with the golden light and the desert colors. The Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200mm 2.8 IS was used to create this portrait. The aperture is f/4.0.
When you get the call about a family portrait with five children ranging in age from three to thirteen, the first thought that comes to mind is "chaos." These amazing children were all beautifully behaved and happy to be a part of their family portrait. I placed the oldest brother in the center of the image with his right foot on the track in order to create separation in his legs. This separation is the foundation on which this portrait is built on. I added the second oldest brother, also creating a separation between his feet. Adding in the sisters I brought the youngest and smallest sister to the front and finally added the youngest brother. I used the railroad tracks as the foreground and background creating leading lines. The tracks visually walk your eyes up to the most important part of the portrait. This image was created with the Canon 5D Mark II and the 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens with available light late in the day. My aperture is f/5.6 in order to have more of the image in focus.
As a family portrait photographer I love to see and capture the closeness between family members. In this image having Dad in the middle of the portrait shows that he is the center or "rock" of the family. With the children leaning into Dad and holding on to him there is a sense of togetherness. This portrait was created using available light about forty-five minutes prior to sunset. The Canon 5D Mark II and the 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens were used to capture this image. The aperture is f/3.5, which allows for all of the faces to be in focus while creating an out-of-focus background.
When posing people together, I try to avoid having heads stacked directly over one another. Having Dad lean on his left knee and Mom lean on his left I am able to create a diagonal line with their faces. This is where posing can really work for you and not against you. People leaning in, arms wrapped around each other, and the natural environment help to create a natural, relaxed portrait.
Overall, this book is a very comprehensive title that will be useful to anyone starting out as a portrait photographer or has a strong interest in the subject. (ePHOTOzine, May 2013)
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Michele does have a way of teaching that could turn some off. She tells you exactly what she does and tells you that's what you should do too. But, as with most things in life, there are often multiple ways of doing things. So try everything in the book and see what works for you and what doesn't.
The best part about this book is that it is valuable for people that have been shooting for a long time. You may know your way around the camera and know the technical aspect. But this goes way beyond that. You'll learn better ways to interact with your subjects and how to make them look great. Which should be every family photographer's ultimate goal.
of the business, from finding clients, portrait techniques, post production work, dealing with clients, selling your portraits, and much, much more! Impressive book with beautiful example of her work nestled inside. I will refer to this book often. Thank you!!
The book is easy to understand and filled with beautiful images.
I am just beginning to learn photography as a hobby but if I were to start a business, I could easily adapt Michele's information she provides in each chapter. Who better to learn from than a professional who has already paved the way...
I have watched her on Creative Live and she is an amazing teacher. (love CreativeLive.com)
There are techniques she touches on that I now use and when I see the results I notice a positive difference. Wow, did I take that image!!!
This is a great tool I would highly recommend. Even if your style is a little more photo-journalistic, you can gain useful information that will no doubt better your skills.