Portrait and Candid Photography Photo Workshop: Develop Your Digital Photography Talent

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The latest tips and tricks for capturing high-quality photos

Taking great "people pictures" isn't a matter of luck. The secret is in observing your subjects and connecting with them, and then using your camera to its best advantage. This new edition uses full-color photos to demonstrate how to work with lighting, location, angle, composition, physical characteristics, and environment in either portrait or candid situations. Professional photographer and veteran author Erin ...

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Overview

The latest tips and tricks for capturing high-quality photos

Taking great "people pictures" isn't a matter of luck. The secret is in observing your subjects and connecting with them, and then using your camera to its best advantage. This new edition uses full-color photos to demonstrate how to work with lighting, location, angle, composition, physical characteristics, and environment in either portrait or candid situations. Professional photographer and veteran author Erin Manning offers invaluable advice for handling the unique challenges of photographing babies, large and small groups, and action.

Assignments at the end of each chapter encourage you to test your newfound skills, while visiting pwsbooks.com allows you to post your work and benefit from feedback and constructive criticism.

  • Explains how to study your subjects in their natural habitat, while you observe how they react and interact
  • Features invaluable advice from veteran author Erin Manning that shares simple techniques for improving photos of babies and children
  • Zeroes in on how to best capture facial expressions
  • Highlights ways to tell a story with a series of candid photos
  • Helps you add interest to large-group shots

When you apply the techniques featured on the pages of Portrait and Candid Photography Photo Workshop, 2nd Edition, you'll watch your subjects come to life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118100059
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Series: Photo Workshop Series , #21
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 718,420
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Manning

Erin Manning is a professional photographer, author, educator, and media personality. Television viewers know Erin best as the digital photography expert and host of DIY Network's Telly Award-winning TV series The Whole Picture. She enjoys helping people understand photography and technology with a clear, friendly teaching style. Erin is also author of Make Money With Your Digital Photography, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What You Must Know About Photographing People 2

Observe and Connect with People 4

Understand Light 9

Express Yourself 12

Chapter 2 Equipment Basics 20

Cameras 22

Image Storage 28

Lenses and Filters 30

Tripods 35

Reflectors and Diffusers 38

Lights and Accessories 39

Odds 'n' Ends 43

Chapter 3 Working with Light 50

Recognize the Characteristics of Light 52

Find the Light 62

Expose for the Light 68

Control the Light 77

Lighting Techniques for Artificial Light 80

Chapter 4 Composing Your Portraits 88

Composition Basics 90

Point of View and Focus 104

Chapter 5 Capturing Portraits 112

Create the Look 115

Explore the Light 122

Work with Your Subject 126

Experiment 133

Chapter 6 Families and Groups 138

Prepare 140

Direct and Position the Group 145

Capture Candids 152

Get Creative 154

Optimize Your Camera Settings 158

Chapter 7 Kids 162

Direct the Kids 164

Keep It Real 173

Compose the Shot 176

Chapter 8 Babies 184

Get Comfortable with the Baby 186

Keep It Simple 190

Use Soft Light 197

Seize the Moment 199

Chapter 9 Action Shots 206

Use Your Camera and Lens 208

Freeze the Action 217

Blur the Motion 221

Chapter 10 Postproduction, Sharing, and Saving 228

Manage Your Images 230

Basic Image Editing 237

Share and Save Your Images 262

Appendix 268

Glossary 276

Index 287

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    A very informative book for digital photographers and those who want to be

    Portrait and Candid Photography Photo Workshop by Erin Manning is not only a useful and informative book on digital photography, but also a very good read. The author's style is lively and engaging and, most importantly, she conveys highly technical information in a way that is accessible to beginners without 'talking down' to more experienced digital photographers. While she has great advice for relating to the person being photographed (no matter the age), I found especially useful the information and tips she provided for taking pictures of infants and small children and the chapter on action photographs. The photographs in the book are beautiful--strong compositions, novel ways of seeing, illustrative of her points, and always evocative of the personality of her subjects. Erin used me as a reader of her book while it was in development, because I was a neophyte digital photographer and could let her know when I did not understand something she had written. For purposes of disclosure, I must also let you know that I am the (proud) mother of Erin Manning and delighted to see her good work in print.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Highly recommended and the perfect book for beginning digital photographers. Erin Manning is a great communicator.

    This book is a second edition of the book, and provides updated information and new photographs. Unlike so many photography books I've read, Portrait and Candid Photography Photo Workshop provides information in language that is clear and lively. I've followed Erin's teaching since she was featured on DIY's Whole Picture, and recently acquired her Digital Photography 101 DVD. As a result, I am finally more confident in using my camera and am taking more interesting photographs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    Easy read with wonderful tips!

    Erin Manning is a very 'user friendly' writer with great tips that you can immediately put to use! Also there are 'assignments' that you can send in for review as your skills progress. Feedback on your work is given! Those who love Scott Kelby will also love Erin Manning!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    There are better books out there

    I bought this book because I wanted to get a head start on learning how to use my DSLR Camera. Honestly, I feel like this book is seriously over rated. It's very broad, trying to cover literally every single topic in photography- I found that in the end, that was information I could get for free on the internet. I ended up returning this book because it didn't provide me with any more useful information that what I could figure out on my own.

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