The Portrait Photography Course: Principles, practice, and techniques: The essential guide for photographers

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The ability to create an effective portrait is probably the single most important skill any aspiring photographer must master. Few professional photographers, whatever their area of specialization, can hope to have a successful career without ever being called upon to create a likeness of another person.

The Portrait Photography Course is designed to build a student photographer’s experience and get him or her started on a rewarding career. Detailed tutorials cover every aspect ...

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Overview

The ability to create an effective portrait is probably the single most important skill any aspiring photographer must master. Few professional photographers, whatever their area of specialization, can hope to have a successful career without ever being called upon to create a likeness of another person.

The Portrait Photography Course is designed to build a student photographer’s experience and get him or her started on a rewarding career. Detailed tutorials cover every aspect of studio and location work, from composition and psychology to complex lighting schemes, equipment options, and digital retouching. Portfolios of exemplary images showcase individual photographers’ work and demonstrate techniques explored in the tutorials, while interviews with top portrait photographers shed insight into their methodologies and philosophies.

Presented and written by a leading portrait photographer, this book is an indispensable guide to taking professional pictures.¿

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321766663
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 178,826
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Jenkinson, has been a professional photographer and instructor for over 25 years, has had his work appear in virtually every major magazine in the world, including Fortune, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Der Stern, and Playboy, to name a few. Mark also works on personal fine-art projects and teaches photography at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: What is the Purpose of a Portrait?
Tutorial: What is a portrait? Assignments
Chapter 1: Choosing and Using Equipment
TUTORIAL: Cameras
TUTORIAL: Other gear
TUTORIAL: Keep it simple for now-Lighting
TUTORIAL: Reflectors and silks
TUTORIAL: Focal length tutorial: Lighting an environment Assignment: Headshot
Chapter 2: Making Choices
TUTORIAL : Composition
TUTORIAL : Framing
TUTORIAL : Props and objects
TUTORIAL : Cropping in camera
TUTORIAL : Wardrobe
TUTORIAL : Color vs black and white
Chapter 3: Computer Basics
TUTORIAL : Systems and software
TUTORIAL : Capture formats
TUTORIAL : Lightroom
TUTORIAL : Simple Photoshop skills to make people look better
TUTORIAL : Learn from a master
Chapter 4: Intermediate Lighting-Studio
TUTORIAL : Lighting kits and solutions
TUTORIAL : Principles of source size
TUTORIAL : Light Modifiers
TUTORIAL : Three-point lighting-a brief history and primer
TUTORIAL : Lighting and posing for the face that's in front of the camera
TUTORIAL : Conventions and cues-The meaning of light Assignment
Chapter 5: Case Studies: Approaches to Portraiture Portfolios and Interviews Assignment
Chapter 6: Working on Location
TUTORIAL : Pre-product ion and planning
TUTORIAL : Lighting on location Assignment
Chapter 7: Establishing a Visual Identity and Voice
TUTORIAL : Beyond the "great shot"-the coherent visual statement
TUTORIAL : Advanced concepts in lighting Assignment
Index and Credits
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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Recommended - Will require multiple readings

    This book starts out defining it's subject; portraits, in great detail. Portraits were being produce long before photography ever evolved. A cave painting found in Angoul?me, France (dated 25,000 BC) is thought to be the oldest known example of a portrait. In 1623 Prince Philip IV of Spain commissioned a portrait that he felt was so flattering the he ordered all other likenesses of him collected and destroyed. When the camera was first invented (First American patent was issued in 1840 photography to Alexander Wolcott for his camera), it took a skilled craftsman to take the photograph, but middle class citizens could afford it. Photography today has progressed to the digital camera and will move on to animation, three-dimensional imaging and handheld communication devices. The book covers a lot of technical data, explained through the use of samples, examples, drawings and carts; all very clearly presented. There are not only the expected chapters on choosing equipment, lighting, composition and context, but chapters on computer basics, which covers the needed computer equipment and digital capture formats, but the basics of LightRoomT and PhotoshopT. And all of that valuable information can be found in just the first 5 chapters. Chapters 6 and 7 cover Studio photography and Location/Environmental photography; both complex subjects that each have their own unique advantages and challenges. Chapters 8 and 9 walk away from the technical side of photography. Chapter 8 contains interviews with 6 professional photographers. The interviews broadly outline the careers of Art Kane, Richard Renaldi, Emily Shur, Kristen Ashburn, Karen Cunningham and Sarah Wilson. Each of these professionals specialize in a different form of portrait photography. Chapter 9 discusses what it takes to 'Go Professional.' This is a book that will require multiple readings and a lot of study and thought; but that is what a good book is all about.

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