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Digital Portrait Photography 101: Learn to Take Better Pictures of Your Friends and Family! [Paperback]

Bill Hurter

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Feb. 1 2006 Digital Quick Guides
Redeye, poor lighting, and awkward poses-elements that can ruin any photograph-are eliminated with the tips provided in this portrait handbook for amateur photographers. Organized in highly visual two-page spreads, the 43 detailed lessons show beginning photographers how to create everyday portraits with a professional flair. Using the camera's portrait-friendly automated features along with a few manual settings, photographers learn how to correct exposure and focus for refined,colorful images. Unflattering flaws, such as eyeglass glare, double chins, and excess weight, can be minimized by following tips on proper posing, finding the right location, and using the best light. A section on digital imaging software teaches photographers how to "erase" blemishes, turn a color image into a classic black-and-white portrait, and even add color through digital toning. A gallery of professional images provides the perfect blend of technique and inspiration to help amateur photographers attain the mastery and photographic artistry they desire.

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Bill Hurter is the editor of "Rangefinder" magazine, the former editor of "Petersen's PhotoGraphic," and the author of "The Best of Wedding Photography," "Group Portrait Photography Handbook," "The Portrait Photographer's Guide to Posing," and "Portrait Photographer's Handbook." He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A big help in a small package Jan. 17 2008
By Mark Coons - Published on
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Digital Portrait Photography 101 (Digital Quick Guides series)

While this book is not very big it certainly had a lot of great information in it for a portrait novice like myself.

I had been asked to take some portrait shots over the holidays and I purchased this book to see if it would help. It helped alot. Mr. Hurter's writing style is clear and easy to understand.

As I knew nothing about portrait photography this book was able to fill in the huge gaps I had about lighting, posing, dealing with the subjects and much more.

I will use this book as a reference many times in the coming years!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of how to take better portraits Sept. 3 2009
By John F. Sullivan - Published on
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Clearly written, easily understood. Filled with good quality tips. One of the things that I clearly got from this book was the need for lights, unless you are going to shoot either near sunrise or sunset. The book helps you look at the shots made my other photographers in a new light - can you spot the rules they used or broke? Can you figure out what lighting they used? What are they trying to say with the picture?
4.0 out of 5 stars a little too basic March 6 2009
By J. Send - Published on
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I thought this book was a little too basic for what I was looking for, but is a great starter book for those who are starting out digital.
It had some great pictures in it and was very easy to follow. A great book to throw in with your camera for reminders when out in the field
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick lessons from a master photographer April 19 2006
By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer - Published on
Bill Hurter's DIGITAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY 101 offers quick lessons from a long-time master, covering all the basics of solving common portrait problems, posing, disguising flaws, and more. Make the most of digital opportunities to make the most of portrait subjects in this quick guide filled with professional insights.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste Of Money ! Sept. 17 2009
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This book is ridiculous. This isn't basic photography, this is garbage. There is a picture on page 49 that is so blurry that the models don't look human. I mean, really...c'mon. Almost every picture is a bad picture. You get better information on posing in the book that comes with your camera. At the end, the author writes in his Conclusion "There is no doubt that digital technology has influenced the world of portraiture." What in the world does that even mean ?!
The only thing we have when buying online is the reviews. I would like Amazon to have some quality standards. I understand we all have different ideas about what we like, but, just paging through this book and seeing how bad the pictures are,(it's a "photography" book), should make someone ask about acceptability.
Yea, I's only $11.66. But it's still a rip-off and they know it's not worth the hassle trying to get the money back.
Hey Amazon, how about some quality control ?!

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