Portrait Photographer's Handbook

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Amherst Media, Inc, 2007 - Photography - 124 pages
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Combining time-tested practices with contemporary methods, this guidebook details the fine art of capturing formal and casual posed images. With advice and guidance from the finest and most decorated portrait and wedding photographers in the country, this instructional discusses subjects such as lighting in the studio and on location, improving improvisational shooting techniques, and how to retouch images in the post-production process to create truly flawless looks. A chapter addressing the common problems in taking portraitures—from working with subjects with glasses to subjects that vary in size, facial features, and skin tone—is also included.
  

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Contents

1 EQUIPMENT AND BASIC TECHNIQUES
10
Lenses
11
Shutter Speeds
17
Film
18
Digital Capture
19
Exposure
21
Lights and Light Modifiers
22
GOOD DIGITAL WORKING TECHNIQUES
24
Flags or Gobos
62
LIGHTING VARIATIONS
63
OneLight Portraits
68
OUTDOOR LIGHTING
71
Fillin Light
72
Subtractive Lighting
74
Eliminating Overhead Light
75
Scrims
76

Metadata
25
Color Space
30
Back Up Your Files
31
Reformat Your Cards
32
POSING
33
Subject Comfort
34
Tilting the Head
35
The Eyes
36
Chin Height
37
Hands
38
ThreeQuarter and FullLength Poses
40
COMPOSITION
42
The Golden Mean
43
Direction
44
Compositional Forms
45
Focus
46
BASIC PORTRAIT LIGHTING
48
Lighting Types
50
Basic Lighting Setups
51
The Finer Points
54
Lighting Ratios
56
Setting the Lights
58
Metering for Exposure
61
Direct Sunlight
77
Using Flash Outdoors
78
Additional Tips for Outdoor Lighting
79
SPONTANEOUS PORTRAITS
81
Shooting Techniques
84
CORRECTIVE TECHNIQUES
86
Soft Focus Diffusion
87
Camera Height and Perspective
88
Correcting Specific Problems
89
Be Discriminating
94
PHOTOSHOP RETOUCHING TECHNIQUES
95
Retouching Now
96
Working with Layers
97
Retouching
98
Actions
102
FINE PRINTS
103
Archival Permanence
106
Sharpening
111
Conclusion
113
The Photographers
114
Glossary
118
Index
122
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Bill Hurter is the editor of Rangefinder and the author of more than 12 photography books, including The Best of Wedding Photojournalism, Group Portrait Photography Handbook, and The Portrait Photographer's Guide to Posing. He lives in West Covina, California.

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