Portraiture Unplugged

Portraiture Unplugged

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Good lighting is everything in portraiture. The right light sculpts our subjects, smooths the skin, evens skin tones, and helps create the feeling of a third dimension in a two-dimensional image. The gold standard of lighting has, for the better part of a century, been produced by artificial lights (hot lights or strobes) in the studio. These sources allow for precise lighting effects on demand. However, artificial light cannot match the beauty or ambience that gorgeous natural light createsa€”and studio lighting can break the bank. In part 1 of this book, Carl Caylor introduces readers to a failproof method for understanding, shaping, and harnessing natural light for dazzling results that rival studio-lighting looks. Using your powers of observation, an understanding of the physics of light, and employing a couple of inexpensive tools (reflector panels to bounce light and a gobo to block light), Caylor shows you how to make the most of the sunlight for indoor and outdoor location shootsa€”and even studio work. Youa€™ll learn how to tweak the direction of light and manipulate lighting angles to re-create classic portrait lighting stylesa€”short lighting, broad lighting, Rembrandt lighting, and morea€”that flatter and contour your subjectsa€™ facial structures to make them look their very best. In part 2 of the book, Carl provides an in-depth analysis into the techniques he used to create 60 beautiful natural-light portraits in myriad locations and circumstances, producing a wide range of portrait looks. Readers will learn how to integrate other elements that are important to building an effective portraita€”including prop selection, wardrobe, composition, expression, posing, and even planning for a top-notch, contrasty black a white shot. The text in this book, along with inspirational images, will coax many readers to enjoy a a€œback to basicsa€ approach that will allow them to produce technically exquisite and profoundly artful, flattering portraits that will sell themselves to clients every time.Next on the agenda is how to create the correct exposure. This is a camera thing. When you were just learning to take pictures, you probably set your camera to auto or program mode and let it do all of the work. For full artistic control, youa#39;llanbsp;...

Title:Portraiture Unplugged
Author:Carl Caylor
Publisher:Amherst Media - 2015-06-22


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