The Portrait, 2nd Edition: Understanding Portrait Photography – New Book

The Portrait, 2nd Edition- Understanding Portrait Photography

The Portrait, 2nd Edition: Understanding Portrait Photography is a new book from photographers Glenn Rand and Tim Meyer.

The book discusses “lessons from the masters and the history of photographic portraiture. They build on this foundation and cover all of the technical and aesthetic components of understanding and producing outstanding portraits. Extensive illustrations illuminate the concepts discussed, and works of outstanding photographers serve as examples of how to apply the lessons in this book. This second edition offers even more illustrations and photographic examples as well as an expanded discussion on posing.”

The Portrait, 2nd Edition: Understanding Portrait Photography retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $28.59 from Amazon.com.

It is also available as a Kindle Edition for $17.59 here at Amazon.com.

Lastolite Urban Backgrounds for Portraits

One of the very cool accessories that I saw at PhotoPlus 2012 were these urban backgrounds from Lastolite. These things fold up small and pop up into a large 5×7 background. Although the material is some sort of fabric the designs on them look absolutely real on camera.

You can get some sense of the effect in the video above; however, for a taste of how amazing these look with proper lighting, check out these samples from Frank Doorhoff.

They should be available soon. Keep watching here at B&H Photo.

Tips to Shoot Awesome Portraits

We all do portraits.  It’s something that we learn how to do when we are first trained as photographers. Sometimes though, many portraits look the same after a while. Therefore they become boring to look at unless you find a way to make them fun and different than anyone else. Here are some tips to shoot that awesome portrait.

Break the Rule of Thirds

Christine on the floor

This rule is so extremely essential to creating interesting portraits. The rule of thirds is how us photographers are taught to compose our shots in order to make them effective and pleasing to the eye. If you’d like a more interesting shot, try messing with the way your viewer will look at the shot. In the above shot, she is totally off the rule of thirds. It shows her being relaxed, happy and totally serene/confident with herself. If you set up the rule of thirds composition lines on this shot you’d see that it doesn’t exactly meet the standards. On top of that, you’ve got the lines going horizontally as well as her arms and body going in the same direction. Slap on a black and white filter and you make this one really cool shot. [Read more...]