Portrait Photography: The Essential Beginner’s Guide is a foundation course for beginner portrait photographers in a book.
With each chapter giving you a lesson followed by projects, analysis and progress it’s designed to teach you in bite-sized chunks.
The book begins with the equipment you might need, including cameras, lenses, lighting accessories and other things you’ll need like post processing software and memory cards. It also explains what each item is good for.
Next, the basics of the exposure triangle, composition and post production are covered, including key terminology explained in layman’s terms.
Lighting and locations are covered in the next chapter, with every aspect of light looked at. After each chapter, you’ll find the key points covered in a ‘revision’ section, a project to try and analysis of that project. There is also a progress page enabling you to refine and take your skills to the next level.
The next chapter looks at people and posing, from babies right through to adults, couples and family shoots. Each image included in the book has a small explanatory paragraph, which is extremely helpful for the beginner, allowing them to understand how the photographer went about achieving the shot.
Overall, this book is cleanly laid out, with easy to follow steps. It will definitely prove useful to the photographer wanting to venture into portrait photography.
- Author: Sarah Plater & Hannah Macgregor
- Publisher: Ammonite Press
- Pages: 176
- Format: Paperback