Digital Portrait Photography For Dummies
By Doug Sahlin
Publisher: Wiley / For Dummies
Final Release Date: October 2009
Pages: 336

Learn professional techniques for shooting great portraits of kids, pets, and family groups

Done right, a good portrait captures much more than what someone looks like; it also reveals a bit of his or her life and personality. This guide shows you how to make that happen, with advice on equipment and lighting, tips for working with various subjects, information on how to choose the best camera settings for portraits, and instructions for fine-tuning your images on your computer.

  • Choose the right equipment — find out what to look for in the ideal camera, lenses, filters, and lighting sources

  • See your subject — sharpen your observation skills by paying close attention to your surroundings and the people near you

  • Location, location — place your subject in natural surroundings that say something about the person

  • Meet challenges — discover the secrets of photographing babies, young children, and pets, especially cats

  • Make them even better — enhance the effects you've created with appropriate cropping, sizing, and retouching

Open the book and find:

  • Important details about composition

  • How to work with props

  • Various lighting approaches and the results they achieve

  • Tips for taking advantage of your surroundings

  • What differentiates a portrait from a snapshot

  • How to use focal length and aperture

  • Ten top editing tips

  • What a histogram is and how to use one

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