Ryan Klos is a professional photographer and a member of the Professional Photographers of America. He has written for "Rangefinder" magazine. He lives in Woodstock, Illinois.
Backdrops and Backgrounds: A Portrait Photographer's Guideby Ryan Klos
A comprehensive guide to backgrounds, this guidebook instructs professional and amateur photographers on how to master the art of an often overlooked, yet essential, aspect to portrait photography. Highlighting a wide swath of background options—including painted backdrops and sweeps in a studio, working with blue and green screens and various digital options
A comprehensive guide to backgrounds, this guidebook instructs professional and amateur photographers on how to master the art of an often overlooked, yet essential, aspect to portrait photography. Highlighting a wide swath of background options—including painted backdrops and sweeps in a studio, working with blue and green screens and various digital options, or working on site in urban and rural settings—this resource provides hundreds of images that not only illustrate good form and best practices, but that also touch upon common pitfalls and aspects that should be avoided while shooting. Rounding out this book are images and commentary from several professional photographers, including Shannon Sewell, Gary and Pamela Box, Jen Basford, and Michelle Moore, that highlight important aspects of backgrounds and reinforce the lessons and chapters.
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As a matter of fact, as an exceptional portrait photographer of which I do not specialize, but do participate in on an as needed basis, I was particularly impressed with the information that was secured in the “working in the studio” and actually a couple of issues that up until now I had not been aware of. At the same time “the world as your studio” having spent time literally around the world there are so many things that were reconfirmed it was almost ridiculous and the discovery of the multiple backgrounds, for example, couldn’t have been more apropos for somebody that is interested in getting into this arena. You name it and there’s a background and it’s a matter of how to properly light and properly manipulate the position. The samples that he did make available whether it was the shot that was secured by Simon McConigo revealing the Chicago city skyline or for that matter the variety of examples in the natural landscape, which I use quite a bit the information is there to guide not just the individual through what you should or should not do, but also and probably as important to stimulate ideas, as to how family portraits might be taken, individual portraits, things like the use of leaves and just the general position of location backgrounds. While I have known Ryan for a long time I have also seen the evolution of work that he has done particularly as it relates to studio lighting and particularly as it relates to capitalizing on external locations. For those that are starting and those that have been involved in the world of digital photography the opportunities are there to both reconfirm and to learn and that’s the most important by-product of Ryan’s efforts.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book -- it not only tells but shows, which I think is so valuable for a topic like this. You might not expect to feel all that inspired by backgrounds, but I got so many new ideas and also gained a new-found appreciation for photo settings. I've already tried some of his ideas. Thank you Ryan Klos! The photo examples in this book are great, and it's written in a very straightforward and understandable way. A lot of times how-to books are kind of dry. Klos is obviously a creative writer, because his explanations are so readable. Regardless of your experience level in photography, I highly recommend this book, because it covers such a range of topic (all nicely organized) including how to create and/or use (even on a budget) traditional drape or fabric, digital, all white or all black, paper, and cyc wall backgrounds; flooring and floordrops; natural settings (both urban and rural); scouting locations (great ideas here, people!); and even props and dangling items or lights. You'll also get some great new backdrop ideas and tips on portable backdrops, storage, and setting up. It's worth noting that the book includes opinions and examples from a few different professional photographers, so you also get a range of styles and "looks" to further illustrate all of the ideas. Even though the main topic is backgrounds, I really liked the many illustrated tips on lighting, angles, framing, depth of field and cropping -- the kind of details that make a good photo great. Again, I can't say enough about how helpful this one book has been. Buy it!