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eBook Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous (Voices That Matter) epub

by Brian Smith

eBook Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous (Voices That Matter) epub
  • ISBN: 0321804147
  • Author: Brian Smith
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Pages: 264 pages
  • ePUB size: 1887 kb
  • FB2 size 1126 kb
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Brian Smith demonstrates on every page of this terrific book that the real secrets of great portrait photography are the warmth, wit, and skill that he brings to every shot. He laces the stories behind his vibrant portraits with loads of useful tips and easy-to-understand techniques.

Brian Smith demonstrates on every page of this terrific book that the real secrets of great portrait photography are the warmth, wit, and skill that he brings to every shot.

Secrets of Great Portrait Photography Photographs of the Famous and Infamous Voices That Matter.

The book draws upon celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith’s best lessons learned over the last three decades photographing portraits of the rich and famous. It blends lavish celebrity portraits of a coffee table book with technical how-to insights with a side dish of behind-the-scenes celebrity stories. The book is based on a talk he’s presented to photographers from Brazil to Mumbai and at trade shows including PhotoPlus Expo, Imaging USA and WPPI

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In this sexy, bold book, Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Brian Smith tells the stories behind the photos and lessons learned in 30 years of photographing celebrities and people from all walks of life. Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous (Voices That Matter) by Brian Smith. Richard Branson photographed on Necker Island by Brian Smith. My cover design for an upcoming book by Brian Smith

He doesn't tell you how to light, he tells you to read your people

Great portrait book with helpful insights on Smith’s creative process. He doesn't tell you how to light, he tells you to read your people. Sharing his experience of years of celebrity portraiture, he uses his experience to create a really light, upbeat, easy read that is highly informative. The book isn't broken down into chapters, it's broken down into photos that further illustrate his points.

This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. Secrets of Great Portrait Photography : Photographs of the Famous and Infamous. In this sexy, bold, beautiful book, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Smith tells the stories behind the photos and lessons learned in 30 years of photographing celebrities and people in all walks of life. Secrets of Great Portrait Photography. Pearson Education, New Riders Publishing.

In this sexy, bold, beautiful book, photographer Brian Smith tells the stories behind the photos and lessons learned in 30 years of photographing celebrities and people in all walks of life. A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Smith is the luckiest guy on the planet. He's told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, exhibited at the Library of Congress, appeared on The X Factor, dined with the President and 3,000 of his closest friends, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, and gotten drunk with George Clooney . . . all in the service of getting the perfect portrait. In this juicy guide to shooting professional portraits, Smith shares his insider tips on connecting with people, finding the perfect location, telling a great story through portraiture, getting just the right pose, capturing emotion and gestures, arranging unique group shots, and getting just the right light. Throughout, you'll stay inspired by the breathtaking images included of the famous and infamous-Venus and Serena Williams, Gene Hackman, Cindy Crawford, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, The Bee Gees, Antonio Banderas, Shaquille O'Neal, Anne Hathaway, Ben Stiller, Sylvester Stallone, and others.You might not be shooting the rich and famous yourself, but after reading Smith's tell-all guide, you'll know how to make every person who makes their way in front of your camera look and feel like a celebrity.
Comments: (7)
Foiuost
It's not every day that Sir Richard Branson shows up on your doorstep in a space suit. But today was the day. I've waited months for the arrival of Secrets of Great Portrait Photography and the wait was worth it.

In 250 pages, Miami celebrity photographer, Brian Smith shares insights learned over 30 years; in a career that has taken him all over the globe and put him in front of the world's most famous and infamous personas. This is a book of great photography and great advice.

I love the fresh, bold style of the book. The photographs are big and plentiful. The writing is conversational and engaging. You won't have to read across pages and pages to understand what Brian is sharing. Every two-page spread presents another shoot--each with its own concise insights and tips.

Brian grouped nearly 100 shoots into chapters; each centered around a theme:

1. Connect With Your Subject
2. Find The Place
3. Find the Angle
4. Tell the Story
5. Sweat the Small Stuff
6. Don't Mess with a Good Thing
7. Pose, Gesture, Emotion
8. Less is More
9. See the Light
10. Group Portraits Without Formality
11. Create the Look
12. Lights, Camera, Lens

Within the chapters, each spread is headlined with a bit of advise, such as: Unclutter Your Mind, Light to Let Them Move, Keep It Real, Leave `Em Laughing... Then, each spread provides one or more portraits and commentary about the shoot. So many photo books get bogged down with pages of words. Brian made sure that this is a book of great photos from cover to cover. Then he balanced the photos with insights that only an A-list shooter could share.

Just to manage your expectations, this is not a book that focuses on techniques. There are no lighting diagrams or set shots. There are no details about camera, lens, or exposure. Gear talk is minimal, but, again, precise. All of this is fine with me. There are many books that tell you how to manage gear. There are precious few books that give you front row access to the creation of so many iconic photographs.
Fararala
I've been following Brian Smith's portrait photography for a while and have been eagerly waiting for the release of this book with high expectations. The book is now available and delivers. Great background stories on the images. Great printing of the images. So many books are all about the "technical" details, but portrait photography is more about psychology and how to work with people. Brian gives the background stories. He talks about how he interacted with the subjects, or with their PR folks. Yes, the technical stuff is still there with chapters covering it, but the overall story is about the interaction. Anyone can list f/stops and ISO, and the like--but those things are usually so specific to a situation and might not apply to your situations. Few authors talk about the experience. That's where this book shines. More important than 1/60 at f/5.6, how do you prepare for your photo session when you only have 15 minutes with your subject? Or how do you turn that 15 minutes into 30? How do you get someone to go along with that crazy idea you have for a photograph? How do you get the best out of your subjects? The start is to read this book. Then go out and make beautiful portraits.
Yggdi
Some of the reviews are glowing with praise, some disappointed by the lack of clear instruction.

This book is not full of instruction or theory, but has a very consistent structure and approach. I see it the sort of advice an advanced amateur or beginning pro would get if they spent a couple of hours with a likeable, open and knowledgable pro.

The content is largely a rundown on notable photo sessions, explaining why he did things more than how. You can deduce most of the how if you have experience with lighting, and he provides sidebar definitions of most of the more technical terms. The explanations are 'slice of life' style, such as having to wait until the middle of the night to start a 3pm shoot with a rap star, or how he works with stylists. He provides enough information so I can think 'yes, I can shoot that' and he does it without overblowing the details.

You know, it really isn't that helpful to know what f-stop he used or his exact lighting positions or strengths. You won't get that level of detail here. If you don't know how to set up lights and balance with ambient light and depth of field, you might find the book frustratingly missing the instruction you need.

But once you feel you can do that, go have a chat with a seasoned pro who is not going to spoonfeed you, but will give you an insight into how real commercial shoots work. The writing is engaging, open and frank and often inspiring.
Fonceiah
Man O man, what an artist. It is amazing to see the consistency of the quality and level of workmanship performed with each example. It just goes to show you that it is not the camera that creates the images it is the person behind the camera that makes the magic happen. It shows us that anyone can make a great shot once in a while but it is a professional that can do it at will. He demonstrates that he is a master of seeing the subject and controlling the light to make the images sing.
Kagaramar
This book is a series of very short stories taken from the authors many celebrity shoots. Focus on the "very short". For instance his shoots with Venus and Serena Williams...the first story is 9 lines long. The second is 13 lines long. The third is 14 lines long...and all of these are 1/2 page lines... Bill Gates is a short 4 paragraph story about how they got the subject (Gates) to wear a black turtleneck. And on and on the book goes. Even a master of the short story would have difficulty conveying anything substantial in such short snipets.
There is very little detail about the shoots, less about the interaction of personalities between photographer and subject and almost nothing about camera technique or lighting. This guy is the real deal...he gets a lot of work photographing the rich and famous. It's just that his writing about his work seems detached...it comes up short...in my opinion...very short.
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