- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1st edition (February 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321803531
- ISBN-13: 978-0321803535
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 299 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Roberto Valenzuela is a Beverly Hills-based photographer, specializing in wedding photography. He has been recognized as one of the world's top wedding photographers by Junebug Weddings, and has won over 50 international print competition accolades from the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) association. He is an active speaker and teacher at photography conferences across the country. Learn more at robertovalenzuelaphotography.com.
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My husband and I have this longstanding theory that no artist is every really going to share all of his/her secrets with you in a book, a workshop or otherwise, and based on every book and workshop I've ever taken I've found this theory to be alive and well. They give you just enough information to *think* you're going to learn a ton but you're left feeling like there was something missing--SOMETHING they just didn't share that would make all the puzzle pieces fit.
Then in comes Roberto Valenzuela and Picture Perfect Practice. He covers so many aspects of good photography it will literally take me years to master all that he has provided for devouring. That's not to say the concepts he shares are difficult per se, it's simply that there are so many things he covers, that to practice them to a point of mastery is no easy task. The book is organized well, by topic, and he provides key tips for practicing. He's really opened my eyes to the notion that photographers see the world differently. Not just during a session but every day. Every object is transformed by the photographers eye and this is percicely what he helps you to develop: your eye.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I have paid thousands of dollars for workshops that have contained a third of what I've found in this book for under $30. With this workbook and dedicated practice to the craft, I defy you not to become the photographer you are destined to be. Keep on clickin!
If you want to be a terrible, or average photographer, don't buy this book. If you wish your 5D mkIII had a pop-up flash, this book's not for you. If you think Instagram filters are the answer, this book isn't for you either.
If you're serious about becoming a great photographer, buy the book and read it, please! You'll be the best photographer on your block. After reading it, try actually practicing the exercises. You might become the best photographer in your whole town. The next thing you know, you might be wearing a snazzy vest and teaching classes at WPPI. I might even ask for your autograph and take a selfie with you. In short... please buy this book and get really, really good. You really need this! I've read the book two times myself and my kids think I'm an incredible photographer. Thanks Roberto!
The book is from a general photography perspective, but also from a wedding photographer perspective As photographers, we all get asked to take pictures of couples, groups etc. This book really zeros in on how to direct people to get the best individual or group portrait shot.
Roberto's presentation is as if you were on a workshop, but you're the only person who signed up so he went ahead anyways. It's a one on one couching, a giving away of the inner secrets of a successful photographer who has learned all the skills.
I would recommend anyone to purchase this book. Perhaps your an amateur looking for better composition, or a pro looking for new techniques, or a person who just wants to learn how to pose people for better shot.
It starts off a bit slow. I have to admit, it took me a couple of months to get through the first part. It begins with a discussion of the elements of photography, such as geometry, balance, symmetry, patterns, etc. I've read a lot about those before, so it was a bit tough to get through. Even so, it was laying the foundation for what was to come. But, if you haven't read a lot about such topics, then you may not have the problem I had.
Part 2 starts getting better. It discusses posing in great detail, and does so extremely well. It covers both broad concepts (such as natural posing) and specific details (such as what to do with hands). And it covers a slew of posing archetypes that can be adapted to different situations.
Parts 3 and 4 are a bit short, but they use everything you've learned so far to teach you how to improve generally. Part 3 is about execution, or how to put it all together in the field. And Part 4 is about deliberate practice: he recommends some personal R&D on situations you're likely to encounter so that you'll be able to adapt when you do. What makes this part so great is that he not only gives you a method, but also offers some concrete examples of how practice paid off in a specific way. These two parts are what make the book so incredible for me. They're short, but they don't stand alone: they build on everything you've learned in the first two parts.
The author is clearly a master photographer. But he's also an excellent teacher. His book is very accessible, but also incredibly deep. I'm ashamed that it took me so long to realize how great the book really is!
Although the book is technically about wedding photography, and plenty of the "detailed stuff" is suited to that type of photography, the broader concepts and methods he teaches can be of great benefit to any type of photographer.
I would say that I don't think this book is for beginners. It assumes you have basic technical skills, and doesn't teach them. It's about creativity and execution. You don't have to be a professional to get a lot out of the book -- I'm not! -- but you should be fairly advanced. If you're not yet there, put this book on your wish list for the future and don't forget to come back for it.
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