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Posted October 6, 2009
...don't expect to learn how she actually created the images. She spends WAAAAY too much time convincing the reader that digital is better than film (in 2009?? The book is called DIGITAL MASTERS!!). She also talks about some personal items that are not really relevant (such as her relationships with some models and her grandchildren) that don't help the reader to achieve the stunning photos that she has in the book. Talks about some equipment, such as the White Nylon Cloth, but we don't really get clear directions on how to use it, nor do we see it ever in the book.
I became quite bored with the copy and started focusing on the images for posing ideas instead.
Overall, the book has some really awesome images, but not much technical direction on how to achieve similar shots. Focus is mostly on building relationships with your subject, not actually how to photograph them.
Posted July 17, 2009
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I purchased the book hoping for a more comprehensive how to on people photography and was somewhat disappointed in the book's contents. The book covers some beginner topics such as selecting the proper camera, etc, but fails to give specifics on people photography. She does give some tidbits such as: when she photographs children she knows they get bored so she has activities for them to do beyond posing.
She also mentions, frequently, her journey from film photography to using digital and that she enjoys digital photography's immediate feedback. She admits that she is not a lighting specialist and mentions nothing of how she specifically lights a scene, just generalities such as: she uses a light bounce, a strobe, etc.
At one point she shows a couple of photographs of a baby and mentions she'd taken the photos with her camera's built in flash; the photos were very good which is difficult to achieve with a built in flash; she mentions nothing on how she achieved the look.
Nearly all (if not all) of the photographs in the book were shot in what is called high key - very light backgrounds with the models in light clothing, giving the photographs a very light and airy feel. She mentions nothing why she chooses high key or what other types of lighting there may be.
There is no doubt that Ms. Brown is an expert at photography but nothing of how she achieves a look, her philosphy of posing people, what to avoid, etc. is ever mentioned. Her writing is clear and lucid and her photographs are beautiful -- just don't plan on being able to duplicate any.