Capture the Portrait: How to Create Great Digital Photos

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It’s every photographer’s dream: to take beautiful, high-quality portraits of family and friends. And with the multitude of easy techniques and tips provided by best-selling author and photographer Jenni Bidner, that goal’s in sight. She provides an overview of the basics, including how to eliminate distracting backgrounds by decreasing depth of field, and modify the lighting, flash, or white balance settings to flatter your subject and diffuse facial flaws. You’ll discover why changing the camera angle can make ...

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Overview

It’s every photographer’s dream: to take beautiful, high-quality portraits of family and friends. And with the multitude of easy techniques and tips provided by best-selling author and photographer Jenni Bidner, that goal’s in sight. She provides an overview of the basics, including how to eliminate distracting backgrounds by decreasing depth of field, and modify the lighting, flash, or white balance settings to flatter your subject and diffuse facial flaws. You’ll discover why changing the camera angle can make a huge difference in someone’s appearance, how to place the subject using the “rule of thirds,” and how to arrange small groups for a big visual impact. Whether you’re photographing children for a holiday card, capturing a friend’s wedding, or taking snapshots to feed your scrapbooking hobby, these strategies will improve your results!

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A former editor of the magazines Peterson's Photographic, Outdoor & Travel Photography, and Studio Photography, Bidner (The Kodak Most Basic Book of Digital Printing) here offers a winning volume on portraiture for novice photographers. She begins with a few simple rules, e.g., "Photograph people at their own eye level," "Turn the camera 90 degrees and shoot vertical," and "Choose simple, uncomplicated backgrounds," then advises breaking these rules by shooting up or down at people, creating intentional distortions, and tilting the camera at unusual angles. Bidner's chapter on photo fundamentals is one of the best available for those new to digital cameras.

Photographers Felch and Jones provide a more detailed examination of portraiture. Though the book focuses on photographing children from infants to teens (the authors' specialty), the pedagogy is of such depth and clarity that the volume can inspire the portraiture of any age group. In-depth chapters cover light manipulation, the historic styles of portrait photography, composition, equipment, and postproduction work. These two volumes are highly recommended, the first for novices, the second for intermediate photographers. Libraries serving advanced photographers should add Lou Jacobs's Professional Children's Portrait Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Photographer s.
—Daniel Lombardo

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  • ISBN-13: 9781600592690
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Great book for beginner portrait photographers

    I would highly recommend this book for both point-n-shoot and D-SLR amatuer photographers who want a better understanding on how to shoot great portraits. Thanks Kodak!

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