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JACQUELINE TOBIN is the deputy editor of Photo District News. She lives in New York City
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; Original edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817459103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817459109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert White on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ms. Tobin has written a great book for aspiring wedding photographers! I ordered the book and thought I could read it all on a flight from NYC to Chicago- boy, was I mistaken. This book is so stuffed with valuable information and insight, it's impossible to digest it all in one reading. Everything one needs to know about creating wonderful wedding photos is in this book. From "The Role of the Photographer on Wedding Day" to "Websites, Albums and Equipment", each chapter is full of valuable information. Incorporating the thoughts and musings of 20 outstanding wedding photographers on each subject, Ms. Tobin blends the abundance of info rather skillfully. The final chapter is nearly 40 pages of the 20 photographers profiled in the book, giving their own wedding day thoughts, insight and advice - each complete with a sampling of their wedding day images! This chapter alone is worth the price of the book!

And the images! The photos throughout the book are are astounding! They're clean, sharp, bright- no doubt the best of the best. As if that's enough, technical details are given for EVERY photo, - camera and lens used, F-stop, shutter speed, and a brief description by the photographer of the how the shot was conceived and made by the photographer as well!

I don't normally gush over photography books because they often seem to be light on information and value. But Tobin's book is a solid reference book that should be kept side by side with other recent great photography reference books, McNally's "Hot Shoe Diaries..." and Grecco's "Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait...".
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One thing I loved about this book was that it featured quite a few film photographers, especially Elizabeth Messina and Jose Villa. They are two of my favorite wedding photographers. It's wonderful to see the author putting emphasis on film photography here. She does have a good eye and taste.
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I've owned and read this book several times over a year now so I feel I can express an opinion on it. The photos are nice of course, as you would expect, and some are solidly in the exceptional fine art category. But you can find all that for free on the internet. Where this book has real value is the detailed technical data provided with each photo. You get a bit about where and how the scene unfolded, the camera, shutter speed, F-stop, lens and focal lenth of that lens shot at, and in the case of film, the film used. I find myself spending great amounts of time looking at the data, then delving into the photo looking at composition allowed by that lens, the bokeh, the low lights and highlights of the image, the noise in the shadow and so forth. It's a great book of case studies if you will.

For me, writing this in 2012 as a digital photographer, the weakness of this book is that many if not most of the photo examples were shot on film (the only reason I give 4 instead of 5 stars). Now, because they provide the exact type of film, we know the ISO used to arrive at the exposure so the examples are still perfectly useful. But I imagine many if not all of the photographers in this book have either jumped in or been dragged into the digital format by now. The book needs a re-fresh from that standpoint only.

The other part that makes me glad I bought this book and the thing that keeps me going back to it is the "Up Close & Personal" section on pages 104-142. It profiles each of the photographers and lets them sum up in a few words what makes their photography unique. This is important because you have to know who you are as a photographer and what makes your images unique and valuable. They list their gear and what they cannot leave home without.
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I've had this book for a few weeks now. I've devoured every page, I've analyzed every photo, read every story, and yet every time I pick it up, I learn something new...or am inspired in a new direction.

The information in the book is worth far more than the any workshop I have been to, for a fraction of the cost. There is no "this is what you need to do". Instead, you have top photographers sharing what works best for them. I did not realize how much knowledge there would be in this book. I think almost every single sentence gave me something to think about. Not everything would work for me, but I can take what others have used and create something that is truly my own.

The photos don't plug the latest actions, but showcase timeless, classic, GOOD photography that you would want to place on your wall for ever.

This book isn't sugary pop, giving you a quick sugar high that will let you down hard. It is a fine bottle of wine that will only improve with age.
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"Wedding Photography UNVEILED" depicts the diversity of the industry's top wedding photographers with inspiring excellence. Organized into nine chapters, this book steps through the key image-making states of a wedding, giving practical examples of how to make the most of each moment. Saturated with powerful imagery, every turn of the page is like the excitement of the bride's steps to the alter. Not only is the book an inspiration, but the practical business tips at the end funnel the energy gained from the crafted text and beautiful images into reader action. After reading this book I was charged. Charged personally, creatively, and professionally. Highly recommend.
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