Business & Career: Photography – People
Since portrait artists normally need to take photographic references of their subject,
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Professional Secrets of Natural Light Portrait Photography by Douglas Allen Box – Paperback: 128 pages; Amherst Media (Mar 1, 2000)

Featuring images shot on location, in clients' homes, and in the studio, the author teaches how to use the unique qualities of direct sun, window light, porch light, shade, and the light at sunrise and sunset to create flattering, natural-looking portraits.

Photographers will learn how to select the right setting, equipment, backdrop, and props, as well as how to control the balance of light between subject and background. Each sample portrait is accompanied by detailed technical information to help photographers achieve the same results in their own work.

Professional Secrets for Photographing Children by Douglas Allen Box – Paperback: 128 pages; Amherst Media (Mar 1999)

Photographing children can be a challenge, requiring patience and a healthy dose of playfulness. This book works through nearly 60 images, providing lighting diagrams and step-by-step instructions for using poses, props, and backgrounds that help make photographing children much easier.

Tips are given on how to choose clothing that best focuses the viewer's attention on the child, photographic techniques used to capture images, and psychology used when working with children, such as never scheduling a portrait session near nap or mealtimes. Included are tips for use of light meters and lighting, outdoor situations and special occasion photography.

Posing for Portrait Photography: A Head-to-Toe Guide by Jeff Smith – Paperback: 128 pages; Amherst Media (Jul 1, 2004)

Photographers learn how to gauge the needs of their clients before placing them into a stale, preconceived "women's," "men's," or "children's" pose that hardly fits the client's personality or preferences. Provided with a two-pronged approach to fail-safe posing, photographers learn first to determine what the mood of the portrait should be and how to use an appropriate posing genre-traditional, casual, glamour, or journalistic. Photographers are then shown how that genre can be used as a basis to produce a pose that best suits the client, allowing them to create dynamic yet natural-looking pose that the subject-and the intended recipient-will love.

Professional Portraiture by Annabel Williams – Paperback: 144 pages; Silver Pixel Press (May 1, 2001)

Take the snapshot one step further--give it the professional touch. Award-winning portrait photographer Annabel Williams shares her secrets for capturing a moment in time in a way that's flattering to the subject but still totally natural. Her simple, effective techniques for developing your eye, shooting on location, indoor and outdoor lighting, and especially working with children are invaluable to amateur and professional alike. Discover how to approach a photo session--set up backgrounds, employ props, pick the right look for your subjects, and put them at ease in front of the camera--and how to edit the results. Packed with practical tips, inspirational advice, and hundreds of dazzling color and black-and-white portraits, this "shooting course" will help you make everyone you photograph look and feel like a model.

Lighting Techniques for High Key Portrait Photography by Norman Phillips – Paperback: 128 pages; (May 2002)

This book provides helpful guidelines for selecting the best lighting equipment and light modifiers for efficiently creating high key portraits, as well as detailing techniques needed to select the perfect clothes and props for a high key portrait.

Portraits by Steve McCurry – Hardcover: 512 pages; Phaidon Press (Jun 1999)

In 1985, McCurry photographed
an Afghan girl for the "National Geographic". The intensity of the subject's eyes and her compelling gaze made this one of contemporary photography's most celebrated and best-known portraits. McCurry is now equally famous for his other portrayals of memorable faces that he has encountered while travelling throughout the world. Compelling, unforgettable and moving, McCurry's images are unique street portraits: unstylized and unposed snapshots of people that reveal the universality of human emotion.

Outdoor & Location Portrait Photography by Jeff Smith – Paperback: 120 pages; Amherst Media (Mar 1999)

Outdoor portraiture offers beginning and professional photographers countless opportunities to create dramatic and beautiful photographs. In this book readers will learn aspects of identifying light, finding the perfect scene, taking urban portraits, and producing heartfelt nightscapes.

Master Posing Guide for Portrait Photographers by J. D. Wacker – Paperback: 128 pages; Amherst Media (Aug 27, 2001)

Maintaining that good posing is 80 percent mental and only 20 percent technical, this guide stresses the importance of communication between photographer and subject to creating a portrait that not only captures the subject's personality but also makes the subject comfortable, fostering repeat business.

Concept to Print: Advanced Techniques in Creative Portraiture by Stu Williamson, Jon Tarrant

Stu Williamson, an award-winning UK photographer details the making of the unique images in this book. He discusses where the inspiration came from, the initial plan for creating the image,and the lighting, camera, and darkroom techniques that he used.Each chapter profiles a different portrait and includes lighting diagrams, elements of compositions, and technical data. Variations on the final photo are accompanied by explanations of how the image progressed as gestures, poses, props, and techniques were changed. This beautifully printed book will help you refine your photographic skills and enhance your own creative process.

Basic Studio Lighting: Photographer's Complete Guide to Professional Techniques by Tony L. Corbell – Paperback: 144 pages; Watson-Guptill (Aug 2001)

The Portrait Photographer's Guide to Posing by Bill Hurter – Paperback: 128 pages; Amherst Media (Apr 1, 2004)

Providing a concise look at the foundations of posing, this guide illustrates the ways in which key posing strategies flatter the lines of the body, creating definition, dynamic lines, and a camera-friendly posture. Photographers learn how to analyze the facial features of their subjects to ensure the most flattering positioning, how to finesse fingers for delicate or strong hand positions, and how to adapt a pose for a man, woman, or child. Strategies for artfully posing couples, large groups, under- and overweight clients, the elderly, and everyone in between are detailed. With techniques and images from nearly 50 of the industry's most notable artists, this valuable sourcebook offers something for every film and digital photographer.

Creative Techniques for Photographing Children by Vik Orenstein – Paperback: 153 pages: Writer's Digest Books; Revised edition (Apr 1, 2001)

Photographer and writer Vik Orenstein owns and operates KidShooters and Tiny Acorn Studios. Both are nationally recognized photography studios specializing in hand-colored portraits of children. She has shot and consulted as a "kidshooter" expert for Nikon and Pentax and offers her advice in frequent television appearances. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Group Portrait Photography Handbook by Bill Hurter – Paperback: 125 pages; Amherst Media (Aug 1, 2002)

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 address concerns for both professionals and amateurs. Indoor and outdoor situations are discussed, as are tips for working with subjects to capture a variety of emotions and personalities. From wedding parties to company portraits, this advice covers a wide range of potential client demands.

Portraits by David Seidner – Hardcover: 80 pages; Assouline (Oct 1999)

Recommended by Karin Wells. David Seidner's portrait photography is elegant, lavish and exceptionally wonderful. With their hedonistic overstones andsumptuous beauty, they always stand on sphere of their own. Impossible to do them justice, the work must be seen.

In this extraordinary and beautiful new book, Seidner's work pays homage to the great portrait painters of the early nineteenth-century. Fusing history and stylish antiquarianism with a contemporary sensibility, Seidner creates a distinctive and remarkable array of images. Modern day actors, actresses, aristocrats and others who fill the social pages, don the costumes and postures of their earlier counterparts. Counterparts who were painted by artists such as Ingres, Boldini and Americans, John Singer Sargent and John Singleton Copley.

With models such as Jessye Norman, Helena Bonham Carter (this photograph was selected as one of the top 100 photographs of the century by the National Portrait Gallery in London), Lord Glenconner, Princess Alexandra von Furstenburg, Edwina Hicks, and India Hicks, David Seidner captures the present in the past and the past in the present. The photographs assume at once both history painting and portrait.

Posing and Lighting Techniques for Studio Portrait Photography by J. J. Allen – Paperback: 120 pages; Amherst Media (Sep 2000)

The analysis of the portraits in this book gives insight into how they were created and explains to studio photographers of all skill levels how to get the same great results. Carefully matching the pose to the subject of a photograph is a central lesson presented in this guide and ensures that the best portrait possible will be created to delight both client and photographer.

Lighting setups and appropriate poses for head shots, three-quarter, and full-length portraits, as well as for specific body parts, are discussed at length. Works from the author's portfolio are shown and analyzed to reinforce each of the concepts presented.

The Portrait: Professional Techniques and Practices in Portrait Photography by Don Blair – Paperback: 120 pages; Silver Pixel; Revised edition (Jun 30, 1998)

Covers the key aspects of the art and practice of professional portrait photography. Offers expert guidance with chapters by top professional portrait photographers on topics such as selecting equipment, refining lighting and exposure techniques, and establishing and operating a successful portrait business. Also covers specialty portraits, fashion and glamour photography, plus tips on presenting portraits to increase sales. 120 pages (over 150 illustrations), 8-1/2 x 11.

Corrective Lighting and Posing
Techniques for Portrait Photographers
by Jeff Smith – Paperback: 120 pages; Amherst Media (Nov 2000)

Focusing on real people, not models, this book provides practical solutions to masking common flaws, such as concealing a double chin, creating a thinner waistline, or masking complexion problems and wrinkles. Covering both studio and location photography and everything from head shots to full-length portraits, this is an essential guide for making every client look his or her best.

Portrait Photographer's Handbook by Bill Hurter – Paperback: 120 pages; Amherst Media (Feb 2001)

Rather than focusing on one particular aspect of portrait photography, this book provides complete instructions for every step of producing portraits with a professional look. From setting up the lighting, posing the subject, and composing the finished shot to retouching methods and developing techniques for the darkroom, each process is fully explored. These proven techniques for producing flattering portraits in a variety of settings will improve professionals' portraits and move amateurs' hobby photographs to the next level. Examples
clearly illustrate every concept presented in the book.

The Lighting Cookbook: Foolproof Recipes for Perfect Glamour, Portrait, Still Life, and Corporate Photographs by Jenni Bidner – Paperback: 144 pages; Amphoto Books; 1st (Apr 1, 1997)

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