Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Best of Portrait Photography, Techniques and Images from the Pros. 2nd Ed. Bill Hurter

ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-223-5.
Amherst Media
Copyright 2008, Bill Hurter

I had high hopes for this book, it received good reviews online at amazon. What I thought this book would be was a consortium of tips and how-to's from professional photographers to help take my portraiture up to the next level. What it turned out to be was a beginner book on portraiture terms and editorials on various high-end portrait photographers. There wasn't any real depth to the chapters, no lighting scenarios or diagrams beyond one page of the basic set-ups. In the end, I took away a sense of respect for the high-end photographers presented in this book by the author. But was often left wondering if the photographers themselves would have broken their images down to the minutae of the author. A nice read for inspiration, but was left wanting more meat on the bone.

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