Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography [NOOK Book]

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Michael Grecco is one of the best-known celebrity photographers in the world. His beautiful, insightful work is all around us--on movie posters, in advertising, on magazine covers, everywhere. “I delight in inspiring people,” he writes. “I want them to stop, think, and feel.” Now Grecco shares the secrets of great portraits with photographers at every level, in Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait. Sections on cameras, illumination, film and digital, creativity and conceptualization, connecting with the subject, ...
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Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography

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Overview

Michael Grecco is one of the best-known celebrity photographers in the world. His beautiful, insightful work is all around us--on movie posters, in advertising, on magazine covers, everywhere. “I delight in inspiring people,” he writes. “I want them to stop, think, and feel.” Now Grecco shares the secrets of great portraits with photographers at every level, in Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait. Sections on cameras, illumination, film and digital, creativity and conceptualization, connecting with the subject, and having a point of view, plus intriguing case studies that show “how I got that picture,” make this book a resource photographers will use again and again through the years. Whether the subject is a star or a soccer mom, Grecco shows how to add artistry, drama, wit, humor, and personality to their portrait.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988986800
  • Publisher: Visualist Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 946,791
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

Michael Grecco’s clients include ABC, HBO, IBM, BBDO, GE, GQ, ESPN, and dozens of other top companies in entertainment, business, and advertising. His first book, The Art of Portrait Photography, is out of print, and used copies regularly sell for more than $100. The winner of awards from Communication Arts, Photo Design, AR 100, the New York and Los Angeles Art Director Clubs, and many others, Grecco teaches many photography seminars across the country each year. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Who is this for?

    If you are looking for a book about lighting this is not it. If you want a book about stories behind images then this is a decent book.

    The beginning of the book is where the author goes into brief lighting instruction. The examples used, I admit are interesting, but when the author tries to break down the image you get lost in the story rather than how the lighting worked. Instead of a progression from natural to continuous to strobe, you are presented with diagrams that weave in and out of multiple light setups, set builds, professional models and the authors ego. One of the very first images is broken down, but only to be discovered that it uses five lights. If you are expecting a Joe Mcnally explanation about, "I dropped exposure here about a stop, here about a 1/3" forget about it, that does not occur anywhere in this book. The breakdown is more, "I placed a light here, here and here, oh, had to light this, so placed a light here as well".

    After the "basics" the author then goes into light modifiers and even then you have to put up with a scatterbox of ideas. From then on it is only about the author and story about the image and how he hob nobs with celebrities and how many people are involved in the production.

    How could the book be better? The book could have started off with a intro to lighting, sync speed, how to balance ambient and strobe and then progressed from natural to multiple setups. The author should have also realized that most people who buy this book are not people who can afford 1/10 of the equipment, models, setups in this book. The customer who will buy this book is a person just starting out and who wants to advance their techniques.

    The author then, after proving the basics can slowly incorporate the basics with stories behind the images.

    All in all, I was disapointed in the book, I went to the author's website and thought that he would provide some type of insite on HOW of his technique but was very quickly proved wrong.

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