200 colour photos
Artwork from 30 of the industry"s top photographers is used to highlight both clear-cut shooting strategies and colorful, cutting-edge approaches to family portraiture in this handbook intended for idea gathering and inspiration. Advice on focal length, perspective, and maximizing the potential of digital equipment highlights the technical aspects of family portraiture while group posing strategies demonstrate how best to flatter each subject and convey a sense of family unity. A lengthy discussion of lighting--the backbone of portraiture--and the manipulation of shadows and highlights instructs photographers on how to create mood and interest in a variety of lighting scenarios, both indoors and out. Specifics on adjusting body lines, colors, and shapes, working with young children, and creating a comfortable atmosphere ensure that the photographer captures the unique personality of each family with dynamic and attractive images.
LEARN TO DESIGN COMPELLING PORTRAITS THAT CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF THE FAMILY
For the subjects, family portraits provide cherished memories of how a family looked "back then" and a document of the family"s growth as new generations are added. For the photographer, however, family portraits are a challenge that will draw on all of your skills. In this book, you will master the technical side of family portraiture—how to pose, light, and photograph family groups—as well as the creative elements that produce compelling group portraits.
*Understanding the qualities that define a top-quality, professional family portrait
*Mastering the technical aspects of family portraits—from lens selection and focus to metering and white balance
*Posing techniques to make sure everyone in the group looks their best
*Designing group arrangements that produce an appealing composition
*Working with the children in the group for great poses and expressions
*Indoor and outdoor lighting techniques for groups of any size
Bill Hurter is the editor of Rangefinder magazine, a monthly publication for professional photographers. He is the former editor of Petersen’s PhotoGraphic magazine and a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, from which he holds a BFA in professional photography and an honorary Masters of Science degree. He has been involved in professional photography for more than twenty-five years.
OTHER BOOKS BY BILL HURTER:
The Best of Photographic Lighting
The Best of Digital Wedding Photography
The Best of Children’s Portrait Photography
The Best of Portrait Photography
The Best of Wedding Photography, 2nd Ed.
The Best of Wedding Photojournalism
The Best of Adobe Photoshop
The Best of Professional Digital Photography
The Portrait Photographer’s Guide to Posing
Group Portrait Photography Handbook, 2nd Ed.
Portrait Photographer’s Handbook, 2nd Ed.
DIGITAL QUICK GUIDE: Digital Portrait Photography 101
Wedding Photographer"s Handbook