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100 Ways to Take Better Portrait Photographs

Book Description

100 Ways to Take Better Portrait Photographs is a practical and informative guide to every aspect of portrait photography from informal pictures of family and friends to professional studio techniques. It contains: Straightforward, practical tips and advice Over 100 inspirational portrait photographs Invaluable digital manipulation techniques Whether you're earning a living as a professional portraitist or snapping informal social shots just for fun, this latest reference volume offers clearly presented advice on the many aspects of digital and film portraiture: Composition and posing Outdoor and studio portraits Fashion, glamour and beauty shots Group portraits--family, social, corporate and business

Table of Contents

  1. acknowledgments
  2. contents
  3. Introduction
  4. Equipment for portraits
    1. Cameras
    2. Lens choice
    3. Lens focal length
    4. Studio flash kits
    5. Accessories
  5. Portrait Basics
    1. 1 Keep it simple
    2. 2 Focus on the eyes
    3. 3 Choose the best lens for portraits
    4. 4 Choose the most effective viewpoint
    5. 5 Match props to the scene
    6. 6 Use bold colours
    7. 7 Reveal a subject’s hobby
    8. 8 Prepare for candid shots
    9. 9 Watch the hands
    10. 10 Blur the background
  6. Composition
    1. 11 Choose the best format
    2. 12 Use the rule of thirds
    3. 13 Shoot at a slant
    4. 14 Use unusual crops and exclude the subject’s face
    5. 15 Seek an alternative view
    6. 16 Divide the picture space
    7. 17 Find an unusual backdrop
    8. 18 Aim for the back of the head
    9. 19 Shoot panoramics
    10. 20 Find a high viewpoint
    11. 21 Look for dramatic backdrops
  7. Controlling the Picture
    1. 22 Frame for dramatic impact
    2. 23 Control the emphasis
    3. 24 Use colour to depict emotion
    4. 25 Create a melancholic mood
    5. 26 Leave the interpretation open
    6. 27 De-emphasize the main subject
    7. 28 Blend the subject with the environment
    8. 29 Add some energy
    9. 30 Avoid direct eye contact
    10. 31 Exaggerate contrast
    11. 32 Express a lifestyle
    12. 33 Make a timeless portrait
  8. Special Techniques
    1. 34 Use zoom burst
    2. 35 Add movement to your subject
    3. 36 Use key shifting
    4. 37 Make the environment move
    5. 38 Freeze movement with flash
    6. 39 Tone your prints
    7. 40 Use flare for effect
    8. 41 Experiment with ringflash
    9. 42 Shoot through glass
    10. 43 Work with wide-angle lenses
  9. Outdoor Portraits
    1. 44 Make use of the ‘magic hour’
    2. 45 Shoot in the shade
    3. 46 Use fill-in flash with backlight
    4. 47 Use the sun for backlighting
    5. 48 Add natural fill-in to backlight
    6. 49 Use daylight for pure white backgrounds
    7. 50 Use a diffuser outdoors with sunlight
    8. 51 Balance flash and daylight
    9. 52 Use slow-sync flash
    10. 53 Make use of dappled light
  10. Indoor and Studio
    1. 54 Recreate a classic look
    2. 55 Light for shape
    3. 56 Create depth in even light
    4. 57 Control windowlight
    5. 58 Use black reflectors
    6. 59 Use windowlight
    7. 60 Make a ‘Hollywood’ portrait
    8. 61 Make use of stage lighting
    9. 62 Create a menacing mood
    10. 63 Control light fall-off
  11. Beauty and Glamour
    1. 64 Ask the model to strike a pose
    2. 65 Take modern fashion shots
    3. 66 Shoot nudes in daylight
    4. 67 Shoot with studio flash
    5. 68 Add sex appeal
    6. 69 Keep your nudes tasteful
    7. 70 Shoot a modern glamour image
    8. 71 Perfect make-up and styling
    9. 72 Control texture
  12. Family and Social
    1. 73 Capture a private moment
    2. 74 Work with groups of children
    3. 75 Put your subjects at ease
    4. 76 Shoot an annual ‘marker’
    5. 77 Take grab shots of children
    6. 78 Capture childhood moments
    7. 79 Choose a romantic location
    8. 80 Show family ties
    9. 81 Capture key moments
    10. 82 Coordinate subjects’ clothing
  13. Creative Portraiture
    1. 83 Shoot underwater fun
    2. 84 Take effective travel portraits
    3. 85 Shoot a fine-art image
    4. 86 Shoot from the hip for candid portraits
    5. 87 Get creative with the human form
    6. 88 Shoot environmental portraits
    7. 89 Construct a narrative
    8. 90 Shoot a reportage portrait
  14. Digital Enhancement
    1. 91 Clean up clutter
    2. 92 Add Diffuse Glow
    3. 93 Convert colour to black and white
    4. 94 Add grain for atmosphere
    5. 95 Smooth skin tones
    6. 96 Try digital toning
    7. 97 Add colour to your monochrome images
    8. 98 Try a cross-processing effect
    9. 99 Create dark vignettes
    10. 100 Use high-key vignetting
  15. Index