The Reading List: Portrait Photography

Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits
Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits:
Stories and Techniques from a Photographer's Photographer
Hardcover – October 22, 2013
by Gregory Heisler  (Author), Michael R. Bloomberg (Foreword)
ISBN-10: 0823085651
ISBN-13: 978-0823085651

Gregory Heisler is one of professional photography's most respected practitioners, and in this first-ever showcase of his work, 50 Portraits, shares 50 iconic portraits of celebrities, athletes, and world leaders, along with fascinating, thoughtful, often humorous stories about how the images were made.

From his famously controversial portrait of President George H.W. Bush (which led to the revocation of Heisler’s White House clearance) to his evocative post-9/11 Time magazine cover of Rudolph Giuliani, to stunning portraits of Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Hillary Clinton, Michael Phelps, Muhammad Ali, and many more, Heisler reveals the creative and technical processes that led to each frame. Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits, with a foreword by New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, offers not only a gorgeous collection of both black-and-white and color portraits but an engrossing look at the rarely seen art of a master photographer at work.

Mastering Portrait Photography
Mastering Portrait Photography
Paperback – April 1, 2016
by Sarah Plater (Author), Paul Wilkinson (Author)
ISBN-10: 1781450854
ISBN-13: 978-1781450857

Sarah Plater and Paul Wilkinson present a modern, fresh and vibrant approach to portraiture that aims to capture a moment in the lifestyle of the person or persons in the picture. This authoritative guide contains clear, concise and jargon-busting text that discusses the essential technical aspects of photography from choosing a camera and equipment to an appreciation of exposure, aperture, metering, shutter speed, depth of field and white balance settings, in addition to how natural light, color, and movement affect a photograph.

Sarah Plater began experimenting with film photography over 15 years ago. She spent three years working at a high street photography studio, before leaving to concentrate on natural light portraiture. She has written for several popular photography magazines. Paul Wilkinson is a multi-award winning portrait and wedding photographer, partner photographer to chef Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, and the Crazy Bear Group. He was UK Lifestyle and Location Portrait Photographer of the Year 2014. His stylish, relaxed and personal images have resulted in him becoming one of the leading photographers in the country.

The Headshot: The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits
The Headshot:
The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits
(Voices That Matter) Aug 13, 2015
by Peter Hurley (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0133928518
ISBN-10: 0133928519

This is a tell all. In The Headshot: The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits, Peter Hurley shows you his positioning techniques, his secrets for getting genuine smiles and images that look so natural you won't believe they're posed (but of course, they are), and you'll learn the very same techniques that Peter uses to create amazing headshots for everyone from execs at top Fortune 500 companies, to Silicon Valley startups, to actors and public figures who know all too well how important a great-looking headshot really is.

Peter doesn't hold anything back. He reveals all his tricks of the trade, from his trademark lighting look, to how to create good-looking backgrounds on location, to positioning tricks you won't hear anywhere else, and it's all written in Peter's fun, quirky, inspiring style that lets you know, right from the beginning, you can do this, and you can do this big! These are the techniques that Peter has crafted from years of time both in front and behind the lens.

Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous
Secrets of Great Portrait Photography:
Photographs of the Famous and Infamous
(Voices That Matter) 1 edition (October 8, 2012)
by Brian Smith  (Author)
ISBN-10: 0321804147
ISBN-13: 978-0321804143

In Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous, 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 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. 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.

Picture Perfect Lighting: An Innovative Lighting System for Photographing People
Picture Perfect Lighting:
An Innovative Lighting System for Photographing People
1st Edition (March 15, 2016)
by Roberto Valenzuela  (Author)
ISBN-10: 1937538753
ISBN-13: 978-1937538750

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer and educator who has a talent for identifying areas where photographers regularly hit roadblocks and a passion for developing clear and concise systems that allow photographers to break through those barriers and become better, more confident practitioners of their craft. Through Picture Perfect Lighting: An Innovative Lighting System for Photographing People, Roberto has created a truly original system for understanding and controlling light in photography.

Providing a detailed analysis of circumstantial light, Roberto develops the top ten circumstantial light elements you need to know in order to fully harness the power of the light around you to create an image that is true to your vision. Included in the book is is Roberto’s “lighting benchmark test,” a brilliant method for determining the quality of the light in any given situation, a test that you will help determine if and when you need to use “helper light,” the light that is needed or manipulated in order to “help” the circumstantial light so that your vision comes to life. Helper light is created with diffusers, reflectors, flashes, strobes, and light modifiers. Picture Perfect Lighting covers all of this in depth.

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