Group Portrait Photography Handbook / Edition 1

Group Portrait Photography Handbook / Edition 1

by Bill Hurter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1584281596

ISBN-13: 9781584281597

Pub. Date: 06/01/2005

Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated

Photographers of human subjects will appreciate the advice in this guide for capturing groups on film. From basics such as posing and composition to technical aspects of focusing and lighting, this handbook addresses concerns for both amateur and professional photographers. Indoor and outdoor settings are discussed, as are tips for working with subjects to capture

Overview

Photographers of human subjects will appreciate the advice in this guide for capturing groups on film. From basics such as posing and composition to technical aspects of focusing and lighting, this handbook addresses concerns for both amateur and professional photographers. Indoor and outdoor settings are discussed, as are tips for working with subjects to capture a variety of emotions and personalities. This latest edition has been freshened with 180 new images and an expanded section on digital technology, including information on white balance, resolution issues, and digital proofing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584281597
Publisher:
Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Chapter 1The Technical Aspects of Good Portraiture9
Camera Format9
The Effect of Focal Length10
Lenses and Depth of Field13
Depth of Focus14
Shifting the Focus Point15
Making the Film Plane Parallel to the Group Plane16
Shifting the Field of Focus16
Optimum Shooting Apertures17
Shutter Speeds18
Film Choice22
Black & White Films23
Exposure23
Metering25
Chapter 2Posing and Composition27
Subject Positioning27
Head and Shoulder Axis28
Head Positions29
7/8 View29
3/4 View31
Profiles31
Tilting the Head31
Head Levels and Placement in Groups31
The Eyes and Communication32
Mouths and Expression ... and Communication33
Chin Height34
Camera Height and Perspective34
Posing Hands35
Three-Quarter and Full-Length Poses35
Composition38
The Rule of Thirds39
The Golden Mean39
Direction42
Learning to Identify Form, Line and Direction43
Pleasing Compositional Forms44
Line44
Subject Tone44
Tension and Balance46
Chapter 3Building Groups47
Posing Hierarchy47
Posing Dialogue50
Perimeter Check50
Coordinating Apparel50
Photographers' Favorites53
The Armchair55
Start with Two55
Add a Third61
Adding a Fourth63
Five on Up67
Obvious Things to Avoid69
Chapter 4Building Big Groups70
Naturalness Counts70
Posing Levels73
Level 1Standing73
Level 2Tall Kneel74
Level 3Short Kneel74
Level 4Sitting74
Level 5Lying Down74
Stepladders74
Linking Shapes74
The Really Big Group76
Chapter 5Outdoor Lighting81
Roundness81
Lighting Ratios82
Finding Good Light84
The Best Light87
One Main Light87
Reflectors89
Fill-in Flash89
Using Flash-Fill, Metering and Exposure91
Background Control93
Direct Sunlight93
Problems Outdoors94
Chapter 6Indoor Lighting100
Feathering100
Lighting the Large Room or Dance Floor101
Focusing Umbrellas101
Window Light103
Subject Positioning105
Exposure107
Fill-in Illumination107
Diffusing Window Light107
Bounce Flash108
Lighting Large Groups with Bounce Flash108
Diffused "Straight" Flash109
Umbrellas and Softboxes111
Michael Ayers on Using Umbrellas111
The Making of the Ultimate Group Shot111
Glossary114
Contributing Photographers118
About the Author122
Index123

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