New Riders Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Book)

New Riders Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Book)

New Riders Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Book)

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  • Author: Roberto Valenzuela

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Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs from New Riders meets the needs of photographers who are constantly frustrated or confused about how to make a photo that has "snap." The challenges of making a good portrait can be daunting. There are many factors to be taken into consideration such as subject, location, lighting and posing.

This book, using the author's considerable experience shooting in many different kinds of venues, breaks down the elements that go into making an ordinary portrait into a "keeper." Above all, the author emphasizes the need to practice the craft so that when you come up against a challenge, you'll know how to solve it. From symmetry to framing and from color to texture, you'll learn how to maximize the shooting session as well as make the best use of the location itself. Too often photographers do not take into consideration obvious factors such as background, posing and basic execution. You'll come away from this book with a sense of how to size up a shooting situation and know how to get the most out of it.

The book breaks down the three key elements that go into making a good image - location, pose, and execution. Once you've come to terms with how to deal with these elements, you'll build the confidence you need to enter any photo arena and come away with a winning shot.

Table of Contents
How to Read This Book
The Location, Posing, and Execution Charts

Part 1: Locations


Geometry for Framing
Geometry in the Environment
Geometry for Balance
Putting It All Together
Balancing with People
Balancing with Objects
Five Key Questions for Choosing a Balance Point
Balancing with Space
Parallel Lines
Working with Horizontal Lines
Working with Vertical Lines
Combining Vertical Symmetry with People
Combining Horizontal Symmetry with People
Seeing Symmetry Everywhere
Color Elements
Keep Contrasting Colors to a Minimum
Find an Area Where the Colors Are Part of the Same Family
The Three-Color Limit
Depth and the Environment
Depth with Context
Depth for Mood
Depth with Movement
The Bright Side of Shadows
Using Dark Rooms Outside to Create Striking Portraits with Shadows
1: Shooting from the Shadow Side
2: Shooting in the Middle Between the Bright and Shadow Sides
3: Shooting from the Bright Side
Navigate by the Shadows on the Ground
Casting Shadows from Objects to Create Graphical Interest on a Portrait
Using an Off-Camera Flash or Video Light to Force Shadows to Appear Where Desired
Vital Components of Silhouettes
A Very Bright Background to Create Contrast
Subjects or Objects Should Have Little or No Light Falling on Them
No On-Camera Flash
Clear and Recognizable Shapes
Correct Exposure
Creating the Opportunity for Silhouettes
Partial Silhouettes
Posing Silhouettes
Creating Contrasting Silhouettes
Reflections Using a Single Mirror
Two Sides of the Same Person
Capturing Expressions and Relationships through a Mirror
Telling Multiple Stories through a Single Mirror
Creating Balance with a Single Mirror
Reflections Using Two Mirrors
Using Beveled Mirrors
Reflections from Water
Finding Reflections in Unlikely Places
Patterns and Repetitions
Incorporating Patterns into Photography
Breaking a Pattern to Isolate a Subject
Breaking a Pattern to Isolate a Subject
Breaking a Pattern to Isolate a Subject
Breaking a Pattern to Isolate a Subject
Combining Patterns with Geometry
Using a Flash to Bring Out the Pattern
Combining Patterns with Geometry and Symmetry
Working with Repetitions
Positioning Subjects Within or Near the Repetition
Positioning Subjects to Become Part of the Repetition
Creating Action Inside a Frame
Creating Frames
Natural Frames
Double Frames
Abstract Frames
Framing with People
Framing with Meaning
Paintings and Artwork
Choosing the Right Artwork
Removing Context
Composition with Paintings and Artwork
Technical and Lighting Tips
Old and New
Big and Small
Bright and Dark
Contrasting Expressions
Age Contrast
Contrasting Colors
Breaking the Status Quo
Lens Flare
The Benefits of Lens Flare
Everything in Moderation
Moving Halos Away from the Body
Block and Crop
Setting Priorities
Advanced Lens Flare Techniques
Walls, Translucent Surfaces, and Textures
Walls and Shade
Proximity to the Sun
Reflecting a Patch of Sunlight
Reflecting Window Light in Front of Walls
Using an External Flash on Walls
Using Walls as Reflectors
Think Like a Photographer
Using Natural Walls
Superimposing Designs on Walls
Wall Textures
Making Texture Work for You
Using Contrasting Textures
Translucent Materials

Part 2: Poses

Five Key Posing Techniques

My Posing System
Technique 1: Systematically Sculpting the Body
Distributing Weight for Natural Posing
Symmetrical Posing
Technique 2: Posing the Hands
Posing Hands in Large Groups
Technique 3: Posing the Face
The "X" Factor
Technique 4: Injecting Expression and Balancing Energies
Cliches Don't Work!
Eyes Must Be Posed
Technique 5: Give Specific Directions
Posing Chart
Getting the Most Out of This Chapter
Him Behind Her
Her Behind Him
Playful, Action, Movement
Holding Hands
Together Side by Side
Distance Apart
Facing Each Other
Kiss Anticipation
Featuring Him
Featuring Her

Part 3: Execution

Lighting through Direction
Simplicity through Subtraction
Beauty through Angles
The Tourist Test
Bird's Perspective
Dog's Perspective
Perspective through Lenses

Part 4: Deliberate Practice

Deliberate Practice
Technical Problems
Location Problems
Lighting Problems
Pose/Expression Problems
Approach Problems
Artistic/Creative Problems
Breaking It Down
Step-by-Step Practice Session
Breakdown Exercise Log
Integrating the Location Chart and Previous Practice Sessions
Practice Session Photos and Analysis of Results
Real-Life Application of New Skill Set
Final Practice Examples
Weeds or Plants
Narrow Hallways
Foreground/Background and Silhouettes
Ruffled Dress
Final Words
About the Author
Roberto Valenzuela is a California wedding photographer with many accolades under his belt. He is a valued speaker at many conferences.
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New Riders 9780321803535 specs

Type of Media Book
Author Roberto Valenzuela
Publisher Pearson
Publication Date 2012
February 17, 2012
Edition 1st Edition
ISBN-10 0321803531
ISBN-13 9780321803535
Number of Pages 360
Dimensions 8.0 x 10.0" / 20.3 x 25.4 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.6"

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